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AMD packs more horsepower into GPUs with new Radeon ReLive software

AMD has called its latest Crimson edition the GPU software update of the year and rightfully so. Called Crimson ReLive, it squeezes more horsepower out of the latest Polaris and older Fury GPUsand makes gaming and VR experiences more compelling.

The Crimson ReLive edition is a must-have for AMD GPU owners. Prominent games like Batman Arkham Knight and Deus Ex: Mankind will look and perform better, and VR images will look much sharper on headsets.

There are many new features in Crimson ReLive. An interesting feature is Radeon Chill, which keeps the GPU cool by cutting down on the excessive frame rate in games. Essentially, it analyzes the performance of gamesand adjusts the frame rate without affecting a game's visuals and performance.

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OpenVPN will be audited for security flaws

The next major version of OpenVPN, one of the most widely used virtual private networking technologies, will be audited by a well-known cryptography expert.

The audit will be fully funded by Private Internet Access (PIA), a popular VPN service provider that uses OpenVPN for its business. The company has contracted cryptography engineering expert Matthew Green, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, to carry out the evaluation with the goal of identifying any vulnerabilities in the code.

Green has experience in auditing encryption software, being one of the founders of the Open Crypto Audit Project, which organized a detailed analysis of TrueCrypt, a popular open-source full-disk encryption application. TrueCrypt has been abandoned by its original developers in 2014, but its code has since been forked and improved as part of other projects.

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AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements

Windows is the indisputable platform of choice for gaming and VR, but Linux is catching up fast as graphics companies ramp up driver and hardware support for the OS.

AMD is showing more love for Linux than ever before. The company on Thursday announced some hardware and driver updates that will strengthen gaming and VR on the OS.

The biggest news is AMD?s support for FreeSync on Linux PCs. FreeSync can improve the rendition of games and high-definition video by allowing GPUs to communicate directly with displays, reducing image stutter and lag time. Images are drawn up on thescreen while they are being rendered in GPUs.

This is the first time AMD is bringing FreeSync support to Linux. It was earlier available only on Windows PCs.

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Moore's Law lives on with speedy 7nm mobile chips coming in 2018

How do mobile devices keep get faster, thinner, and more power efficient? It?s thanks to the quick advances in chip manufacturing, which help churn out smaller chips packed with new features.

The next round of premium smartphones early next year could feature chips like Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 835, made using the latest, 10-nanometer process.

Continuing with the famous Moore?s Law observation, it?s likely that two years after that, smartphones will get even faster and smaller chips will bemade using a 7-nanometer process.

On Monday, ARM, with its chip designs in most smartphones, said it isworking with prominent chip manufacturer TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) to make 7-nm chips. ARM shared intellectual property for its 7-nm designs, allowingchips to be designed for manufacturing in TSMC?s factories.

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U.S. and UK spy agencies have been intercepting in-flight phone calls for years

U.S. and U.K. spy agencies have been monitoring in-flight mobile phone users for years, according to new revelations from the trove of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

As early as 2012 the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was intercepting voice and data communications from commercial aircraft using the OnAir service to carry 2G mobile services over the Inmarsat satellite communications network. At the time, GCHQ did not have access to a rival in-flight mobile service provider, Aeromobile, French newspaper Le Monde reported Wednesday.

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Samsung still struggling with the recovery of Note7 phones from users

Samsung?s recall of Galaxy Note7 smartphones because of exploding batteries is far from complete with some users, for example, in Canada still not turning in their devices for a refund or exchange.

The South Korean company has now decided to cut these phones from the network, adopting similar measures to those taken last month in New Zealand and earlier this month in Australia.

The company said Wednesday that from Dec. 12 functional limitations on Note7 phones, including curbs on the battery charge, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth disablement will be introduced in Canada.

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Cortana for iOS, Android now features quick access to common actions

Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant is getting a facelift on iOS and Android aimed at making it more useful for users, and also bringing a bit of brightness to what's currently a rather dour interface.

The app's biggest change is the launch of a button that lets users quickly choose between a suite of common actions, like viewing their calendar at a glance, checking reminders, or getting a weather forecast. The app itself looks friendlier, with a purple gradient background replacing a stark black, white, and blue color scheme.

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Russian cyberspies likely behind DNC breach move on to German election

A group of suspected Russian cyberspies blamed for interfering in the U.S. election is also attempting to influence the upcoming vote in Germany, according to the country's domestic intelligence agency.

The Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear or APT 28 has been targeting political parties in the country, Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) intelligence agency said in a statementThursday posted online by Politico.

The hacking activities have led to a surge in spear-phishing email attacks directed at German politicians, the agency said.

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Microsoft's vision for LinkedIn is about tying its business data into Office ...

Now that Microsoft?smassive $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn has officially closed, it?s time for the next step: figuring out how its massive store of business information can best be used by Microsoft and its customers.

Building upon the company?s integration planoutlined earlier this year,Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella laid out a set of plans for short-term integration with LinkedIn (in ablog poston LinkedIn, natch), with advantages for both consumers and business customers.

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48% off Travel Cord Organizer - Electronics Accessories Case & Cable Organize...

Designed to protect and safeguard your electronic gadgets and save time on the go by easily storing and finding everything you need. This travel organizer offers a secure storage space for cord management, laptop and computer accessories putting everything you need in one place. This organizer also gives you special space inside for credit cards, passports, also for boarding passes, smartphone, tickets and has many pockets where you can put coins, keys, USB, SIM card, earphones, and other small accessories. Give yourself or someone else the gift of stress-free travel. The travel cord organizer's typical list price of $30.99 has been reduced 48% to $15.99.See the discounted Travel Cord Organizernow on Amazon.

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$49 Windows tablets, $1,000 PC discounts, and 50% off Xbox games highlight Mi...

Black Friday and Cyber Mondaymay have come and gone. But that hasn?t stopped Microsoft from publishing some fairly amazing deals over the next 12 days, half of which you?ll need to visit a brick-and-mortar Microsoft store to score.

Since the deals kick off on December 5, you have until Monday to plan your purchases. And you will need to plan them, too: The12 Days of Deals unlock each dayand are only good ?while supplies last.? Naturally, you?ll have to line up at a physical Microsoft Store if you want to score a ?doorbuster.?

Some of the deals are well worth the trouble. Microsoft will offer up to $1,000 off on select PCs on two separate days, for example, and there are a number of half-off deals on Xbox One games, too. Another intriguing deal is a $49 Windows tablet on Friday, December 9. Microsoft?s best deals, however, are shrouded in mystery: The company isn?t revealing which tablet will be $49, or what PCs it will be discounting by $1,000.

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Best Android phones: What should you buy?

Updated 12/08/16:We've updated our recommendation for Best Bang for the Buck to the OnePlus 3T.

Choosing a new Android phone isn?t easy. The Android universe is teeming with options, from super-expensive flagship phones, to affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography.

Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you?ll keep it for at least two years. So choosing the best Android phone for you isn?t a decision you should take lightly.

But we can make things easier. Everyone has different priorities and needs, so we?ve made some picks for the best Android phone in several categories.

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BrandPost: Amazing Things Happen When Passion Meets Technology

Technology and passion make powerful allies. The partnership of these forces allows pioneers to break boundaries, competitors to shatter records, and visionaries to change the world.

To put things into perspective, here?s a new view of some of the incredible accomplishments we?ve made by dreaming big and defying our limits.

Where will you take us next?

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Google Drive update makes managing backups a little easier

It wasn?t a feature Google advertised all that well, but your Drive has been dutifully keeping backups of the data on your devices since Marshmallow introduced Auto Backup for Apps. Now it is making it easier to find them.

A new update to the Google Drive app adds a handy Backups section to the sidebar. Open it and you can see which of your devices have backups and which apps are being stored within them. From there you?ll be able to delete any unwanted or outdated backups, and keep an eye on how much data is being kept. The update also delivers easier previews of Excel and other spreadsheet files.

If you?re not seeing anything in the folder, you?ll need to turn on backups. Head over to your phone's Settings, tap Backup and reset, then Backup, and toggle the Back up to Google Drive switch (your interface might be a bit different depending on your phone model). The update is currently rolling out to devices, so go check the Play Storefor the latest version. And as usual, if you?re not seeing the update on your device, you can sideload the Google-signed APK using APKMirror.

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Facebook's Year in Review for 2016 isn't just fun and games

In November, John Oliver ?called it early,? declaring 2016 a truly terrible year. On Thursday, Facebook pretty much backed up that claim, releasing its Year in Review that reveals the most-discussed topics around the world on the social network.

Facebook put together its year in review by ranking the most frequently mentioned topics in Facebook posts between January 1 and November 27. That data was then analyzed (and anonymized) to get a sense of the year?s most discussed issues in 2016.

It probably comes as no surprise that with just a few exceptions, the list includes one controversial and sad topic after another. Topping off the chart is the U.S. Presidential Election. Regardless of which candidate you were pulling for, almost everyone was glad to see this year?s overly long, overly divisive campaign drift into the history books.

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