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Prepare to bid farewell to Microsoft Paint

If you were a child in the nineties, you probably were on your computer for the sole purpose of getting on Microsoft Paint. Sadly, the iconic graphics tool that defined some of our earliest computer experiences will be omitted from the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The newly-deprecated tool first existed as a 1-bit monochrome feature during the…

Kaspersky Lab launches free antivirus solution worldwide

Eugene Kaspersky, the Chief Executive Officer of Russia-based cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, recently announced the global availability of a free lightweight antivirus solution, called Kaspersky Free, on his official blog.     It goes without saying that the features of Kaspersky Free won’t be as comprehensive as Kaspersky’s paid-for solutions, such as Kaspersky Internet…

Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify has announced the acquisition of Niland, a machine learning startup based out of Paris. The music company made the announcement itself this week, explaining that Niland shares its ‘passion for surfacing the right content to the right user at the right time.’ Spotify plans to use the company’s technology…

WhatsApp’s desktop app is coming to the Windows Store

After Spotify and iTunes, another big-name app is coming to Microsoft’s Windows Store: Facebook-owned WhatsApp.   As discovered by MSPoweruser, a listing of the WhatsApp Desktop app has popped up on the Windows Store, which indicates its imminent arrival on the Store.   Like WhatsApp’s desktop apps on other platforms,…

Google could soon integrate an ad blocker in its Chrome desktop and mobile browsers

In what sounds like the irony of all ironies, a Wall Street Journal report states that Google is planning to add an ad blocker to Chrome browsers – both desktop and mobile versions – and it’s likely that it will be turned on by default.   Google’s own ad blocker would…

Free and Open Source offline GPS Maps for iOS and Adroid – Maps.me

  MAPS.ME is an open source cross-platform offline maps application, built on top of crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap data. It was publicly released for iOS, Android, Kindle and BlackBerry (You may view all store at here).     Maps.me cover all countries and all cities including the smallest island, not only that, the…

Google launches GPU support for its Cloud Platform

Three months ago, Google announced it would in early 2017 launch support for high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) for machine learning and other specialized workloads. It’s now early 2017 and, true to its word, Google today officially made GPUs on the Google Cloud Platform available to developers. As expected, these are Nvidia Tesla…

Mozilla Drops Firefox OS, Will Focus On Other Technologies

Mozilla has stopped development on Firefox OS for connected devices. This leaves some 50 engineers without a job, as the company now shifts focus solely on the internet of things. This is the second time that Firefox OS has been dropped after efforts to get it on to smartphones failed…

The iOS version of Chrome is about to get a lot better

Google’s Chrome browser has always been open source on Android and PC, but never available on iOS. This is because Apple demands that browsers use its own WebKit platform instead of their own rendering engines, so Google can’t just use its typical code base for iOS Chrome. However, that’s all…