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Microsoft tests ‘warning’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox

Tom Warren writing for The Verge: Microsoft is testing a warning for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser. “You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10” says a prompt that appears when you run the Chrome or Firefox installers on the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Yes, the update in the article makes it clear that this is only being tested, but to me, that doesn't excuse this type of shady behavior. Why is this being tested in the first place? Unfortunately for Microsoft, invasive and creepy conduct like this will only make people steer clear of its browser and other products.

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Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried?

Ok, so I'm equally excited and concerned by this AI demo. James Vincent writes for The Verge: The most impressive demo at Google I/O was a phone call to book a haircut. This call wasn’t made by a human, but by the Google Assistant, which did an uncannily good job of asking the right questions, pausing in the right places, and even throwing in the odd “mmhmm” for realism. You have to hear this AI phone call for yourself! There's a video of the demo embedded in this post.

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The new Raspberry Pi has 5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2

Paul Miller with a good breakdown of what’s new (and what’s not) in the latest Raspberry Pi: The new board has a slightly faster 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Bluetooth 4.2 (an upgrade from 4.1), and dual-band Wi-Fi. Sounds like an incremental upgrade, but progress nonetheless. It never ceases to amaze me how much value they cram in to these things for just $35. And so cute!

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Hackers have turned the Nintendo Switch into a functional Linux tablet

Paul Miller: There are two major reasons I can think of to hack a game console. The first one is obvious: so you can play cracked copies of games. That’s why modern consoles are so difficult to hack, because millions of dollars are on the line. But some people just want to run any software they choose on the hardware they own. And for those people, Linux on the Switch is a huge achievement. This hack boasts touchscreen support, a fully operational death star web browser, and a GPU-powered demo app. Sadly, there are no details out on how you can do it yourself, but Twitter user fail0verlow has a nice video of it in action embedded in a tweet.

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