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  • Microsoft decouples Cortana and Search in Windows 10’s taskbar

    4h By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft has released a new Windows Insider preview build, and it contains a significant chance we’re all going to be happy about. Going forward, we’ll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience to innovate…
  • Early Android Q build has a system-wide dark theme, permission revamp, more

    6:08pm By Thom Holwerda
    The early Android Q leaked build we have obtained was built just this week with the February 2019 security patches, and it’s up-to-date with Google’s AOSP internal master. That means it has a ton of new Android platform features that you won’t find…
  • The curious case of the Raspberry Pi in the network closet

    12:20pm By Thom Holwerda
    Christian Haschek found a Raspberry Pi attached in a network closet at the company he works for, and since nobody knew what it was or where it came from, he and his colleagues decided to investigate. I asked him to unplug it, store it in a safe location, take…
  • Google sets deadlines for 64bit support in Android applications

    12:02pm By Thom Holwerda
    64-bit CPUs deliver faster, richer experiences for your users. Adding a 64-bit version of your app provides performance improvements, makes way for future innovation, and sets you up for devices with 64-bit only hardware. We want to help you get ready and know…
  • Fedora, UUIDs, and user tracking

    Tue 6:11pm By Thom Holwerda
    “User tracking” is generally contentious in free-software communities—even if the “tracking” is not really intended to do so. It is often distributions that have the most interest in counting their users, but Linux users tend to be more privacy…
  • DuckDuckGo switches to Apple Maps for search results

    Tue 6:04pm By Thom Holwerda
    We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple…
  • Intel Core i9-9990XE: up to 5.0 GHz, auction only

    Tue 10:24am By Thom Holwerda
    AnandTech has seen documents and supporting information from multiple sources that show that Intel is planning to release a new high-end desktop processor, the Core i9-9990XE. These documents show that the processors will not be sold at retail; rather they…
  • The first Windows 10 build for foldable devices appears

    Mon 7:04pm By Thom Holwerda
    According to BuildFeed, which regularly posts about new builds of Windows 10, the first build of a new SKU for foldable devices has been compiled. It comes with the build string rs_shell_devices_foldables.190111-1800, and it’s from the 19H1 development…
  • Vintage gaming on Xenix

    Mon 7:00pm By Thom Holwerda
    This post is about vintage gaming in vintage unusual operating systems, focused on Xenix/x86. Tried Hampa’s turnkey xenix86 images while they had been tested in fake86, 8086tiny and other emulators. The installation was surprisingly easy, because most…
  • “Don’t kill my app!”

    Mon 6:49pm By Thom Holwerda
    With Android 6 (Marshmallow), Google has introduced Doze mode to the base Android, in an attempt to unify battery saving across the various Android phones. Unfortunately, vendors (e.g. Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus or even Samsung..) did not seem to catch that ball…
  • Getting an IBM AS/400 midrange computer on the internet

    Mon 6:12pm By Thom Holwerda
    Recently I’ve gotten a hold of an old IBM mid-range computer, an AS/400 150. This is an 1997 server very much aimed at businesses, pay-rolling, inventory management and such. It can be used as a multi user system, with users logging in via a terminal. The…
  • Firefox 69 will have Flash disabled by default

    Sun 6:02pm By Thom Holwerda
    According to Mozilla’s plugin roadmap, the firm planned to disable Flash by default in Firefox sometime this year. Now, a new bug filing has revealed that the plugin will be disabled as of Firefox 69 which is due for release on September 3, 2019. Mozilla…
  • LG’s groundbreaking roll-up TV is going on sale this year

    Sun 5:59pm By Thom Holwerda
    LG is going several steps further by making the TV go away completely whenever you’re not watching. It drops slowly and very steadily into the base and, with the push of a button, will rise back up in 10 seconds or so. It all happens rather quietly, too. You…
  • Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules

    Fri 5:13pm By Thom Holwerda
    Ars Technica reports that software patents might be making a comeback. A landmark 2014 ruling by the Supreme Court called into question the validity of many software patents. In the wake of that ruling, countless broad software patents became invalid,…
  • Making a Game Boy game

    Thu 8:14pm By Thom Holwerda
    Recently I got an internship doing back-end PHP and Python stuff for a website for my university. It’s a really nice job that I find fun and I’m thankful to have. But… at the same time, doing all this high-level web dev stuff has given me a big itch I…