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Microsoft will soon end Office 2013 distribution through Office 365

Get ready, Office 365 administrators: Microsoft is ending support for the Office 2013 client apps that it previously distributed through its cloud-based productivity service. Instead, administrators and users will be pushed to use Office 2016, the latest version of the productivity suite that includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Starting on Feb. 28, users won?t be able to download the Office 2013 apps from the Office 365 self-service portal, and they won?t be downloadable through the Office 365 Admin Center. Microsoft also won?t release feature updates for those products, and won?t provide support through Customer Service Support or Premier Support.

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Researchers propose a way to use your heartbeat as a password

Researchers at Binghamton State University in New York think your heart could be the key to your personal data. By measuring the electrical activity of the heart, researchers say they can encrypt patients' health records.

The fundamental idea is this: In the future, all patients will be outfitted with a wearable device, which will continuously collect physiological data and transmit it to the patients' doctors. Because electrocardiogram (ECG) signals are already collected for clinical diagnosis, the system would simply reuse the data during transmission, thus reducing the cost and computational power needed to create an encryption key from scratch.

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How does China respond to US chip threats? With a $30 billion factory

For China, actions speak louder than words, especially in the escalating chip battle with the U.S., which has been hurling out verbal threats in recent months.

The Chinese chip infrastructure is getting a serious boost from Tsinghua Unigroup, which is investing US$30 billion in a new foundry to make chips. The state-owned Tsinghua Holdings is a majority shareholder in Tsinghua Unigroup.

This news comes just two weeks after U.S. accused China of rigging the chip market and artificially reducing the prices of semiconductors. The tough talk came from the administration of former President Barack Obamabut will continue under Donald Trump, who was sworn in as president Friday.

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Microsoft's upgraded Beam game-streaming service goes live, taking on Twitch ...

Microsoft?s Twitch competitor, Beam, has now pushed its ?Pro? upgrade live to all users, featuring streams with up to 1440p resolution at 60Hz and integration with Xbox Live.

Microsoft?s purchase of Beam last summer came as something of a surprise, given that the company seemed satisfied with its relationship with Amazon?s game-streaming service, Even with the upgrade to, it?s not clear how tightly Beam and Microsoft are tied, save for the new option to log in with your Xbox Live username instead of a dedicated Beam ID. (Eventually, however, the company will enforce Xbox Live logins, it said.)

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This week in games: Portal on the Apple IIe, Pillars of Eternity 2 teased, an...

Ah, a random Friday in January. Nothing you could possibly be paying attention to except for our weekly round-up of video game news, right? Right.

This week we?ve got Portal recreated for the Apple IIe, the possibility of a new Pillars of Eternity sequel, theSuper Mario Odyssey trailer ported into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, another Overwatch holiday event, and more! Here?s your gaming news for January 16 through 20.

The Torment continues

Another week, another Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer. This one lacks Colin McComb unfortunately, but does provide a look at Torment?s combat. It's turn-based, unlike the real-time-with-pause system used by Infinity Engine games.

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Spanish police nab suspected hacker behind Neverquest banking malware

Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer suspected of developing the Neverquest banking Trojan, a malware targeting financial institutions across the world.

The 32-year-old Russian citizen known as Lisov SV was arrested at the Barcelona airport, Spain's law enforcement agency Guardia Civil said on Friday.

The FBI had been working with Spanish authorities to track down the suspect through an international arrest warrant, according to a statement from the agency. The FBI, however, declined to comment on the man's arrest.

Neverquest is designed to steal username and password information from banking customers. Once it infects a PC, the malware can do this by injecting fake online forms into legitimate banking websitesto log any information typed in. It can also take screenshotsand video from the PC's desktop and steal any passwords stored locally.

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WhatsApp vulnerability could expose messages to prying eyes, report claims

Update, 1/20/17: A post on theTechnosociology blog signed by dozens of securityexperts calls for a Guardian retraction and apology. This article has been updated to reflect this.

When Facebook?s WhatsApp turned on end-end-end encryption in its messaging service last year, it was a big deal. As all eyes were glued on Apple?s fight with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter?s iPhone, WhatsApp took a huge step toward protecting its users? privacy by moving to encrypt all messages and calls being sent between its apps.

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Google shutting older versions of Drive, G Suite apps

If you haven?t moved to the latest version of Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you might want to consider doing so. On April 3, Google will be shuttering older versions of these four apps, so users who rely on them will need to upgrade to ensure uninterrupted service and syncing.

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Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275,000 Android apps

Over the past two years, Google has pressured developers to patch security issues in more than 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store. In many cases this was done under the threat of blocking future updates to the insecure apps.

Since 2014, Google has been scanning apps published on Google Play for known vulnerabilities as part of its App Security Improvement (ASI) program. Whenever a known security issue is found in an application, the developer receives an alert via email and through the Google Play Developer Console.

When it started, the program only scanned apps for embedded Amazon Web Services (AWS) credentials, which was a common problem at the time. The exposure of AWS credentials can lead to serious compromises of the cloud servers used by apps to store user data and content.

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Report: Samsung puts blame on battery size, suppliers for Galaxy Note7 fires

Samsung is due to finally announce the results of its investigation into the exploding Galaxy Note7s, but a report by The Wall Street Journal has some information about what the company has discovered. According to the publication?s sources, Samsung has concluded that ?irregularly sized? batteries are primarily to blame for the debacle, which resulted in a massive global recall.

The report says that the faulty batteries were made by affiliate Samsung SDI and Hong Kong-based Amperex Technology Ltd., the only two firms to supply Note7 batteries. Both manufacturers produced flawed batteries, the company reportedly found, with the first round of fires caused by Samsung SDI batteries. ?The issue with the batteries from Samsung SDI was an irregularly sized battery that didn?t fit properly in the phone, according to the people, who said that the incongruence caused the overheating.?

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How to watch Donald Trump's presidential inauguration live online for free

Depending on your point of view today may be the greatest day in the last eight years, or the beginning of ?the dark times.? Whatever your political persuasion, Donald Trump?s presidential inauguration is something many of us wouldn?t want to miss.

As you?d expect the inauguration will be carried on all the major networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC. CNN and Fox News will also be broadcasting it. Donald Trump will be sworn in at noon Eastern on the dot.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 ad annoys Chrome users with taskbar pop-ups

Microsoft?s aggressiveadvertising push inside Windows 10 is going beyond pop-ups for Microsoft Edge.

Myce recently spotted yet another pop-up ad on the taskbar in Windows 10. This time around Microsoft was advertising its extension for Chrome dubbed the Personal Shopping Assistant (Beta). The extension is a Microsoft Garage project that lets you compare prices across shopping sites.

Prior to the Chrome extension pop-up, Microsoft was advertising its rewards program for Microsoft Edge, which we spotted in early November. The earlier ad appeared to be targeted at people who didn?t use Edge that frequently.

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The Windows 10 Creators Update's best new features: Dynamic Lock, Game Mode, ...
A taste of what's to come

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Windows 10 doesn?t behave like the Windows of yesteryear. Instead of a monolithic operating system replaced by a successor in a year or two, it?s more of a living, breathing entity?one that?s constantly changing with the release of massive new ?named? updates. The most high-profile example was 2016?sAnniversary Update, which added features like the Bash Shell, a dark theme, Windows Ink, Xbox Play Anywhere, and a whole, whole lot more.

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