Facebook's Constant Tracking on Android Can Now Be Limited

From PC Mag: Until now there's been a big discrepancy over the level of privacy available to users of Facebook's app on iOS and Android. iOS users could limit precise location tracking to only when the app was in use or never. Android users had an all or nothing option, meaning if location tracking is enabled, Facebook will always be tracking you even when the app is closed.

Microsoft delays Windows 7's update-signing deadline to July

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft has revised its schedule to dump support for an outdated cryptographic hash standard by postponing the deadline for Windows 7.

Microsoft, like other software vendors, digitally "signs" updates before they are distributed via the Internet. SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1), which debuted in 1995, was declared insecure a decade later, but it was retained for backward-compatibility reasons, primarily for Windows 7. Microsoft wants to ditch SHA-1 and rely only on the more-secure SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm 2).

HTC Vive Focus Plus VR headset arriving to compete with Oculus Quest

From CNET: Facebook's next-generation standalone VR system, Oculus Quest, is expected to arrive this spring, bringing untethered standalone VR with self-contained room tracking and a pair of full-function controllers. It'll have competition, though, at least from HTC: the new Vive Focus Plus can theoretically do most of the same things. This is the Vive's only standalone VR headset, and will stand alongside the PC-connected, eye-tracking Vive Pro Eye coming later this year, and the still-mysterious but tethered Vive Cosmos.

Noctua CPU coolers now include AM4 mounting at no extra cost

From Noctua Press Release: Noctua today announced that all of its current multi-socket desktop CPU coolers, such as the popular NH-D15, NH-U14S and NH-U12S, now also include installation hardware for the AM4 socket of AMD’s Ryzen processors. Although Noctua introduced its dedicated SE-AM4 models in early 2017 and has provided free-of-charge upgrade kits ever since the launch of the AM4 platform, the updates of the existing multi-socket models now allow customers to install them on all current mainstream sockets without ordering extra mounting kits.

Huawei’s P30 Pro will have quad-camera array, CEO’s photograph suggests

From The Verge: Huawei’s P30 Pro could be the first of the company’s phones to come equipped with a quad-camera array on its rear, a watermarked photograph from Huawei’s consumer business group CEO has suggested. Yesterday, GSMArena noted that Richard Yu posted a photograph of the moon on Weibo, which included a watermark with details of the phone it was shot on. Although the exact details have been clumsily redacted, they appear to read “Huawei P30 Pro” and “Leica Quad Camera.”

Xiaomi Mi 9 Is the First Phone With a Snapdragon 855 Processor

From PC Mag: Just days before MWC19, Xiaomi on Wednesday announced its latest flagship, the Mi 9. In addition to overall top-of-the-line specs, the Mi 9 is the first phone to be announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.

Apple will reportedly combine iPhone, iPad and Mac apps by 2021

From CNET: Apple is planning to let developers create a single version of their apps that'll work across iPhone, iPad and Mac, a report said.

The Cupertino, California, company hopes to have this universal approach to apps in place by 2021, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

In the new way of doing things, developers wouldn't submit their apps to Apple's various App Stores. That means you'd be able to download iOS apps directly from Mac computers, and the stores will be combined.

Galaxy Fold will be the name of Samsung’s foldable phone

From The Verge: The torrent of Samsung leaks these past few weeks has mostly been about the company’s smartphones, but now we have a revelation about the still-mysterious foldable Samsung phone as well: it’ll be announced under the title of Galaxy Fold. Word about this comes from prolific leaker Evan Blass, a thorn in Samsung’s side, who began 2019 by revealing every last detail about the Galaxy S10 family of devices ahead of tomorrow’s launch.

Report: Apple Is Planning a 16-Inch MacBook Pro

From PC Mag: As we progress further into 2019, the speculation as to what Apple will do with its device refreshes grows. The latest rumor is sure to get professionals who rely on a MacBook for their work a little excited.

As 9To5Mac reports, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known as a reliable source of Apple gadget predictions, is speculating as to what we should expect from Apple in 2019. Top of the list is a new MacBook Pro, but this won't be just another internal hardware refresh. Kuo believes Apple is working on a 16-inch, or possibly even a 16.5-inch model.

Qualcomm already has a new 5G chip that promises sleeker, long-lasting phones

From CNET: The first 5G phones haven't even hit the market yet, but Qualcomm's got a new processor ready for future devices.

The company on Tuesday unveiled its new Snapdragon X55 5G modem, which can run on 2G, 3G and 4G networks along with the new, ultrafast 5G networks. The 7-nanometer, multimode processor is the second 5G chip Qualcomm has made but the first that's capable on running on multiple networks. It also will let handset developers create unlocked 5G phones, much like what's available with 4G LTE devices.


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