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iOS 10 beta now available

Apple's latest version of iOS is now available in beta form if you just can't wait any longer for an update. iOS 10 has a few new cool features that just might be enough to convince you to try the beta version. CNET has the list of features that you'll be getting in iOS 10.

iOS 10 does have a handful of things that make it worth trying. That being said, it feels largely familiar at first, or second, or third use. I'd say it's a pretty subtle set of updates: call it the Service Pack for iOS 9. And some things -- like the more advanced Siri that works with third-party apps -- can't even be tested yet because no apps exist that fold into it. So I came away feeling a little less than excited about iOS 10. But hey, as a free update, it has a lot to offer.

WTU Episode #364 - Dell Pulls the Pin on Android

We have just posted up Episode #363 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Android gets Nouggat-y, Dell leaves the Android camp, and if you can't beat them sue them, Blizzard Entertainment goes legal. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.



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BlackBerry to end making Classic model

Bad news for the nostalgic BlackBerry fans that still want to hold onto their Classic BlackBerry device, 18 months after its launch BlackBerry has announced they are going to end production. The BlackBerry Classic of course featured the classic design of a physical keyboard rather than the touchscreen keyboard. Obviously when it comes to specs and features the Classic wasn't anything too impressive but for the hardcore BlackBerry fan it was a great device aimed at business use. NBC News has the story.

Smartphone pioneer BlackBerry will stop making its Classic model, the company said on Tuesday, some 18 months after launching the device it had hoped would entice users who prefer a physical, rather than touchscreen, keyboard.

Blackberry's move shifted its focus further away from its money-losing handset business and toward its software. Still, shares in the Canadian technology company fell more than 3 percent after an executive confirmed the move in a company blog post.

Samsung is still doing very well

Samsung announced this week their Q2 earnings, and thanks to the strong Galaxy S7 smartphone sales, had one of their best quarters in a couple years. Most smartphone makers are feeling the hurt a little as there are more and more options available to consumers but somehow Samsung has managed to keep making money. The next couple quarters should be interesting as the S7 won't be the "newest" smartphone out there and sales will most likely drop and Samsung will have to rely on other offerings like their soon to be updated Galaxy Note to keep those sales and profits up. Reuters has all the details over here.

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its second-quarter operating profit likely rose 17.4 percent from a year earlier, its highest in more than 2 years as Galaxy S7 smartphone sales propelled mobile earnings.

The world's top maker of smartphones and memory chips said its April-June profit was likely 8.1 trillion won ($7 billion), better than the average forecast of 7.8 trillion won tipped by a Thomson Reuters survey of 16 analysts. It was the highest since a 8.5 trillion won profit in the first quarter of 2014.

The mobile division likely was the top earner for the second straight quarter, raising the question of whether the South Korean company can sustain this strong momentum in the face of competition from Apple Inc and cheaper Chinese rivals.

Avast acquires AVG

Two of the bigger virus protection names are joining forces with Avast dishing out $1.3 Billion to snap up rival AVG. Together the two companies will provide virus protection on 400 million devices worldwide and will be able to detect and take care of threats easier thanks to the increased pool of devices. Time will tell how this all works out but it seems like a good partnership at this point in time. Venture Beat has the full story.

Security software giant Avast Software has acquired rival AVG Technologies. Avast will pay $25 cash for each of AVG’s outstanding ordinary shares in a deal amounting to around $1.3 billion.

Founded out of Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s — initially called Grisoft — AVG has grown to become one of the biggest brands in desktop and mobile security apps. It also offers a range of related services, including AVG Cleaner for Android and Mac. The company is now headquartered in Amsterdam.

Radeon Memory Mod Unlock Works

If you recently purchased a shiny new RX 480 that has 4GB of memory, you may be able to unlock all 8GB (if it actually shipped with 8GB installed). Some of these retail cards have 8GB of memory on-board, but you can only access 4GB. This shows how cheap memory is - it's cheaper to disable some via software, than build two separate boards. If you are lucky and have 8GB on-board, you should be able to flash the bios for a 100% memory upgrade - for free. Be warned: you do so at your own risk and will probably void your warranty.

To confirm that this mod works, we first tested our 8 GB review sample with its untouched 8 GB BIOS, and used that as control. Next, we tested the retail 4 GB card with the BIOS it shipped with. Lastly, we flashed this 4 GB card using ATIFlash with the 8 GB BIOS, which we extracted from our 8 GB card using ATIFlash. We ran "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," on the three. This game can consume dedicated video memory beyond 4 GB at 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160). 

Source: TechPowerUp

Pokeman GO Now Available in USA

Back in May, we talked about Pokeman GO and it is now available in the USA and a few other countries. The game uses an augmented reality layer and plays with the same concept as Ingress. It's a nifty idea and after Ingress has caught on so well, I don't blame them for trying. This game gets people moving and exploring - and that is always a good thing.

During gameplay, Pokémon GO players will be encouraged to join one of three teams and engage in Gym battles with other teams. Once they have joined a team, players will have the ability to assign their Pokémon to empty Gyms. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world, and because only one Pokémon per player can be placed at a given Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense. A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.

Image Credit: 9to5Google

Source: 9to5Google

Android Gets Malware from Chinese Adware

The Android camp has been exploited once again with a Malware - this time from China. HummindBad has infected only 10 Million devices. This malware doesn't steal a bunch of data, instead it is used to generate fraudulent advertising revenue by indicating that you have viewed certain ads - or clicked on them, thus making the advertising firm more money. It only makes the company $300,000 a month - so it's not that impressive.

The bulk of victims are in China and India, with 1.6 million and 1.35 million cases respectively. The Philippines, Indonesia and Turkey are toward the top of the list, too. The US has 288,800 infected devices. The UK and Australia each have fewer than 100,000 devices affected.

Source: CNET

DX12 Makes Multiple Graphics Easier

Microsoft has been working on the problem of mixing graphics cards in a system. Previously, this was possible, but the process, software and support were a bit finicky. With DX12, this is much easier and not only can you mix different generation cards from the same vendor, you can even mix NVIDIA and AMD to your hearts content. Finally.

Now Microsoft has confirmed that it’s taking away some of the complexity in multi-GPU systems, with a new abstraction layer. This will allow developers to take advantage of multiple GPUs on a system with only minimal coding. Of course this is only "basic multi-GPU support", so developers looking to access the full power inside of your video cards will still need to implement EMA properly.

Source: Neowin

Happy 4th - Have a Lawsuit

Blizzard's Overwatch game looks very cool and is a bit of a twist for Blizzard that has invested heavlity into RPGs as well as RTS games. Their Overwatch title is wildly popular, and with popularity comes the cheaters. On July 4th, Blizzard served Bossland a lawsuit for copyright infringement among other things as they have a number of cheats exploiting the game. If you can't beat them with programming, beat them with a lawsuit.

Blizzard is not happy with the Overwatch cheat and has filed a lawsuit against the German maker, Bossland GMBH, at a federal court in California. Bossland also sells cheats for various other titles such as World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and Heroes of the Storm, which are mentioned in the complaint as well.

Source: TorrentFreak

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