Performance-enhancing GPU Turbo software coming to Huawei devices too

Last week, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor announced a new technology dubbed GPU Turbo that would be arriving on a number of its smartphones to enhance performance. And now, in a pretty unsurprising move, Huawei has confirmed that its smartphones will receive the software too.

For those unaware of what the feature actually does, GPU Turbo basically diverts the device’s power to the GPU in the hope of improving performance by up to 60%, something that will ultimately enhance the overall gaming experience – Honor previously claimed that its mid-range devices could outperform certain flagship devices …

Tesla's next software update will make Autopilot fully autonomous


Autopilot’s name may sound like it can drive a Tesla electric car for you, but it’s still a semi-autonomous feature that can auto-steer, keep you in your lane, brake, and accelerate the car forward as long as the driver is still paying full attention with hands on the wheel. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims a new Tesla software update is coming in August that will bring more autonomy to Autopilot. Musk tweeted early Sunday morning about Tesla Version 9.0 including major updates for Autopilot 2.0. 

That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety. With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 10, 2018 Read more…

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6 of the best security software solutions for 2018


Internet security is an important issue for all of us. It’s easy to be complacent and assume that it’ll never happen to you — you’re too sensible and secure with your data after all, right? But keeping your computer secure from various threats online is no longer just about avoiding clicking on the “wrong” link, and utilizing common sense. Nor is it just about protecting yourself from viruses.

It’s worth it to invest in software like Norton or McAfee — two of our top picks — that can help keep your computer secure.

What threats are out there?

Zero-day vulnerabilities are one key way of suffering a breach of your information before anyone even knows an issue is there. Effectively, they’re software flaws or bugs often found by cyber criminals, before many companies realize what’s happened. Due to their popularity, commonly used software like Java, Adobe’s PDF reader and Flash Player are ripe for exploitation with many zero-day attacks stemming from the popular plug-ins. Read more…

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Dutch court rules that Samsung doesn't need to give phone buyers four years of software updates

A Dutch court ruled in favor of Samsung today in a lawsuit dealing with software updates for the manufacturer’s handsets. Back in 2016, the Consumentenbond, a non-profit organization that helps consumers in the Netherlands, said that Samsung should provide software updates for four years after a new handset is launched, or two years after the phone is purchased at retail. It filed a lawsuit against Samsung. The company’s position during the trial was that in some cases it does provide updates for longer than four years, but for its high-end models only. The suit was dismissed due to its complexity, …

LG's Software Update Center hopes to speed up Android updates

At its R&D campus in South Korea, LG has opened today the Software Upgrade Center which was built so that the manufacturer can start “providing customers worldwide with faster, timelier, smartphone operating system and software updates.” Android users have had to cope with a system that tries to deal with so many different manufacturers and models, that as of February (the last data available), Android 8.0 and 8.1 together could be found on just .11% of active Android handsets.

The first update to be handled by the Software Upgrade Center will result in Android Oreo being pushed out …

Samsung Gear IconX (2018) software update brings equalizer presets and more

Samsung has released an update for its Gear IconX (2018) wireless earbuds. The update brings in some sweet new features, while also improving some of the existing ones.

First things first, the new update brings in some equalizer options. You can now choose between five different sound presets – Bass Boost, Clear, Dynamic, Soft, and Treble Boost – which will give you even better control over your experience. Those options are especially useful for users with non-Samsung phones where it is a bit harder to configure the sound properties of the Gear IconX.
The …

Buggy open beta software pulled by OnePlus for several models

OnePlus must have pushed out some rather buggy open beta updates to its customers. These non-final builds are usually rough in spots because they are used to test out new features; they are not made to be installed on OnePlus models being used as a daily driver. Still, it is unusual to have an open beta build recalled, and the action by OnePlus suggests that whatever problems the company found with the update, they are serious enough to warrant this action.

The open beta updates recalled by OnePlus include Open Beta 5 for the OnePlus 5T, Open Beta 7 for the OnePlus 5,Open Beta 24 for the …

Samsung Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro software update brings new fitness features

If you own one of Samsung’s second-gen fitness bands – the Gear Fit2 or the Gear Fit2 Pro – you’ll be glad to hear your wearable is getting updated. The newest version of the software, which is currently rolling out worldwide, is bringing in two new features – Weight Management and Fitness Program – as well as some minor UI improvements.

The Weight Management feature lets you track how much you exercise and what food you eat, making it easier to track how many calories you take or burn, or both. It’s a really useful feature if you …

Apple releases iOS 11.3 software update: battery health tool, new animoji and more

Starting today, Apple has released the latest iOS 11.3 software update and millions of iPhones will be updated with new features like a battery health tool, new animoji, newer version of Apple ARKit, business chat and more.

To manually start the update, unlock your iOS device and go into Settings > General > Software update.
There, you will see the iOS 11.3 software update, a big update weighing 2.18GB. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and grab a cup of coffee or do something around the house as it will take a while for the update …

Record software and services revenue achieved by BlackBerry for its fourth fiscal quarter

For those who doubted John Chen’s ability to turn around BlackBerry, or wondered why he got that huge five-year contract extension, the time has come to put those thoughts behind you. After exiting the hardware business, licensing the BlackBerry name and its version of Android to three companies, and focusing on the automobile business and the IoT, Chen has yet to meet his Waterloo at Waterloo.

For its fiscal fourth quarter, BlackBerry reported record software and services revenue of $218 million (non-GAAP) and $212 million (GAAP). The previous record was just set last quarter. For the period, …