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Business and gaming boost PC shipments for the first time since 2012

Supposing you've followed the PC's steady downward spiral over the last few years, the following news might surprise you: Between April and June worldwide PC shipments marked a 1.4 percent increase compared to the same timeframe last year. Market analysis firms Gartner and IDC agree that it's largely due to business customers upgrading to Windows 10 laptops, desktops and workstations. But the...

Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 and blocks passcode cracking tools used by police

Apple today released iOS 11.4.1, and while most of us are already looking ahead to all the new stuff coming in iOS 12, this small update contains an important new security feature: USB Restricted Mode. Apple has added protections against the USB devices being used by law enforcement and private companies that connect over Lightning to crack an iPhone’s passcode and evade Apple’s usual...

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Edge, Fluent, display, and Registry Editor improvements

Microsoft today released a new preview for PCs with improvements to Edge, Skype, Diagnostic Data Viewer, video, typing insights, font, security, Task Manager, accessibility, container, and mixed reality. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release later this year. Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new...

U.S. Judge Claims Using Photo Found on the Internet Is Actually 'Fair Use'

Copyright experts were left scratching their heads after a U.S. judge ruled an image lifted from the Flickr page of a professional photographer and used by a film festival online was fair use. The ruling, passed in June, could “seriously erode” industry protections, one expert warned. The case, referred to as Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions LLC, kicked into gear after Russell Brammer...

How the Supreme Court just rocked the internet

In a decision with potentially enormous consequences, the US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states have the right to charge sales tax on online transactions by out-of-state companies with no physical presence in their territory.For those who buy do all their online buying on Amazon -- which, after its acquisition of Whole Foods, has a "physical presence" in pretty much every state, and which...

EU committee approves new rules that could 'destroy the internet as we know it'

An EU committee has approved two new copyright rules that campaigners warn could destroy the internet as we know it. The two controversial new rules – known as Article 11 and Article 13 – introduce wide-ranging new changes to the way the web works. Article 13 has been criticised by campaigners who claim that it could force internet companies to "ban memes". It requires that all websites...