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Chrome Bug Can Turn Whole Pages Into Record Buttons For Eavesdroppers

We’ve seen eavesdropping issues in Chrome before, like one exploit that lets sites ask for permission to the microphone, and then keeps listening long, long after. But now a new one discovered by Guy Aharonovsky goes a step further: it triggers listening with no permission, even if your microphone is completely disabled.


AMD's New Radeon Is A Preposterous Powerhouse You'll Wish You Needed

If you buy video cards, chances are you have a lust for power. No respectable PC builder doesn’t at least covet insane high-end cards, even without ever really considering them. Well, here’s a new sucker to salivate at, the 11.5 teraflop, water-cooled AMD Radeon R9 295X2. The new coolest card you have no reason to own.


Android TV Was Hiding In Plain Sight At CES Three Months Ago

Google TV has been dead in the water for a while now, but rumour has it that a flashy new successor, Android TV, is on the way. There are rumours, and also it was hiding in plain sight at CES three months ago.


A Step-By-Step Walkthrough Of The World's First Great Infographic

Data visualisation is an amazing way to get a point across. That is, when you’re making infographics that aren’t just dumb. Charles Joseph Minard’s famous visual telling of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia is one of the first great examples, if a little intimidating at a glance. And this explanation by the folks at Numberphile really helps bring it home.


Windows 8.1 Update Hands-On: Terrific Tweaks For The Mouse Faithful

Windows 8.1 did a whole bunch to make Windows 8 feel more homey by tweaking tiny fit and finish issues. And it worked great. The next Windows 8.1 update (creatively called “Windows 8.1 Update”) is pretty much the same thing all over again, but this time with mouse-users specifically in mind. And after trying it out we can say that once again, little tweaks really add up.


Windows 8.1 Universal Apps Can Run On Desktop, Mobile And Xbox

It’s a moment we’ve been waiting for for a long time. No, Microsoft’s various operating systems are not merging quite yet, but they’re about to get universal apps that work across all devices, including the Xbox One. And, best of all, you only have to buy each app once and it works everywhere.


The Best New Windows 8.1 Features In Eight GIFs

Windows 8.1 just received an update. The changes are tiny but desirable. In fact, they’re so small you might even miss a few when they start rolling out next week, so we’ve wrangled our favourites into this series of handy GIFs.


Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana Is Google Now Plus Siri

Today at the Build Developer Conference, Microsoft is showing off the newest version of its phone OS, Windows Phone 8.1. And now Windows Phone now has its own personal assistant: Cortana.


Surprise: The Windows Start Menu Is Coming Back

Briefly: Miss the Start Menu? Well it is coming back. Yes it still has live tiles, but it is back in a way you can recognise, and it roll out to users as an update. Oh and those universal apps Microsoft is going to start peddling? They will be available in windows.


The Xbox One Is Turning Your Phone Into The Only Remote You Need

If you have pay TV, the Xbox One’s TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now.