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Huawei has a backup operating system, in case it loses access to Android, Windows

Huawei has long been rumoured to have its own mobile operating system in reserve, rumours that reach back to 2012. There's also apparently an OS waiting for the company's computer products

Skype update brings us HD video and mentions, with call recording coming soon

After nearly 15 years in the video-calling business, Skype has rolled out an update that’s long overdue — and it includes call/video recording and end-to-end encryption. Skype’s update is available on all desktop devices, including Linux, macOS, and Windows. It’s called Skype v8.0 and is reportedly the only version that will work after the first of September. Tell your friends, video c...[Read More]

Explainer: how malware gets inside your apps

Malicious software on popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android is at best a nuisance and at worst a security threat to individuals and businesses. Known as malware, some perpetrators use it to infect apps and get inside your smartphone. Why do they do it? Money, mostly. The recent Judy malware, for example, was reportedly found in 41 apps in the Google Play store. It seems to have made mon...[Read More]

These could be the (full) specs for Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S2 tablet

At this point we’re wondering: Is Samsung ever going to keep a new device a secret until launch again? Specs for the company’s Galaxy TabPro S2 have leaked, by way of a document originating from an FCC filing. Someone is always watching these things. In this case website The Leaker (what an apt name, right?) was on hand to catch all of the specs for the TabPro S2, Samsung’s upcom...[Read More]

WhatsApp’s desktop clients are here

We knew if we waited long enough instant messaging giant WhatsApp would release desktop clients. And that day has come. You can download WhatsApp’s desktop clients for Windows or Mac here and, as you’d expect, they’re totally free. The app is basically a standalone version of the browser version for Google Chrome we’ve been using in lieu of a desktop version. Like the brows...[Read More]

REDISA’s mobile game to teach players about waste in SA

Remember when everyone was saying that video games would never get you anywhere? Now they’re being used as educational tools. Take that, out-of-touch parents from 1996. Case in point, an educational outing from the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), called simply The REDISA Game – unless you’re on iOS in which case it’s called Trash Dash...[Read More]

Chrome is dropping support for Windows XP, Vista and OS X 10.8 and below

There are early adopters, normal people, late adopters and then there are the prehistoric. We’ve got on the of the latter on staff at Stuff Towers, who still remembers more of the old DOS command lines, so don’t feel bad if you fall into the ‘prehistoric’ category. But it’s time for something to change. That’s because Google’s Chrome browser, according to ...[Read More]

Light Start – Self destruct, unwanted Windows 10, 4K NASA, Canon VR, and MGS V truncation

This chip will self-destruct in five seconds… Picture the scene. You’re Tom Cruise… maybe a little taller. Someone has stolen your smartphone and you’ve got little hope of ever seeing it again. So you just remotely cook its processor, shattering it, the motherboard and probably the screen in the process. That’s the theory, with a company called PARC (owned by Xerox) r...[Read More]

Microsoft has permission to check your system for “counterfeit games”

Microsoft’s Windows 10, as positive as the response to the updated OS has been (this is no Vista or Windows 8), has still managed to come under fire for a variety of reasons – most of them related to user privacy. Windows 10 seems to be constantly communicating with Redmond (via Ars Technica) and even disabling all of the options giving Windows 10 permission to do so seem to do little ...[Read More]

Acer will unveil Windows smartphones at MWC 2015

A report from DigiTimes says Acer will make a return to the smartphone game with a range of Windows-based smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress, although it’s not yet clear whether they will run on the new Windows 10 platform. The announcement was confirmed by Acer’s CEO Jason Chen at a recent supply chain conference on January 22nd. He went on to point out that a numb...[Read More]

CES 2015: Asus’ Transformer Book Chi in a Windows 2-in-1 as thin as an iPad Air

The market for laptops that also think they’re tablets has suddenly become interesting. Since Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 came out, and Intel’s fanless Core M processor arrived on the scene, we’ve seen some great Windows 8 converti-tabs, such as Lenovo’s watch strap-hinged Yoga Pro 3. Now there’s another intriguing device with a personality crisis, and it goes by ...[Read More]

Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding

According to multiple reports, Microsoft intends to discontinue use of the Windows Phone and Nokia brands for its smartphones and mobile OS, all in hopes of simplifying its message. Beginning this holiday season, Microsoft’s marketing campaigns will simply use the Windows banner to advertise handsets that run its operating system, while its own hardware will cease to use the Nokia brand following ...[Read More]

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