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How to get antivirus software for cheap

Plenty of folks use Microsoft Windows’ built-in antivirus protection, but sometimes you need more than what it offers. Security suites from independent companies like Bitdefender, Norton, and AVG can make it easier to stay on top of online security, by providing expanded and additional features that shield you more thoroughly…

Plenty of folks use Microsoft Windows’ built-in antivirus protection, but sometimes you need more than what it offers. Security suites from independent companies like Bitdefender, Norton, and AVG can make it easier to stay on top of online security, by providing expanded and additional features that shield you more thoroughly…
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Microsoft fixes problem that let Edge replicate Chrome tabs without permission

Enlarge Microsoft reader comments 79 Microsoft has fixed a problem that resulted in tabs from Google Chrome being imported to Microsoft Edge without user consent, as spotted by The Verge. Microsoft has kept mum on the situation, making the issued update the first time Microsoft has identified this as a problem, rather than typical behavior

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Microsoft has fixed a problem that resulted in tabs from Google Chrome being imported to Microsoft Edge without user consent, as spotted by The Verge. Microsoft has kept mum on the situation, making the issued update the first time Microsoft has identified this as a problem, rather than typical behavior for the world’s third-most-popular browser.

In late January, The Verge Senior Editor Tom Warren reported experiencing the puzzling Edge issue. After updating his computer, Edge launched with the tabs that Warren most recently used in Chrome. He eventually realized that Edge has a feature you can toggle, reading: “Always have access to your recent browsing data each time you browse on Microsoft Edge.” The setting is reachable in Edge by typing “edge://settings/profiles/importBrowsingData.” Interestingly, it allows Edge to import browsing data from Chrome every time you open Edge, but data from Firefox can only be imported manually. However, Edge was seizing Chrome tabs without this setting enabled. Others reported having this problem via Microsoft’s support forum and social media, as well.

The Edge setting as seen on a Windows 11 23H2 system running Edge 122. You can have data continuously imported from Chrome or on demand from Firefox, but other browsers don't appear.
Enlarge / The Edge setting as seen on a Windows 11 23H2 system running Edge 122. You can have data continuously imported from Chrome or on demand from Firefox, but other browsers don’t appear.
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Microsoft didn’t respond to The Verge’s initial request for comment, but this week it released an Edge update that seems to address matters. Microsoft’s release notes from February 15 say:

Edge has a feature that provides an option to import browser data on each launch from other browsers with user consent. This feature’s state might not have been syncing and displaying correctly across multiple devices. This is fixed.

Microsoft seems to be saying that the status (enabled or disabled) of Edge’s importing data ability wasn’t syncing correctly across people’s Microsoft devices. However,

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Microsoft sure seems to be thinking about some sort of portable Xbox

Enlarge / A demo of “Project Xcloud” streaming running on a mobile device, circa 2019. reader comments 117 Further ReadingAfter weeks of rumors, Microsoft says four games are going to “other consoles” Yesterday’s news that four unnamed Microsoft games are coming to “the other consoles” was a bit anticlimactic after weeks of now-refuted rumors about

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Enlarge / A demo of “Project Xcloud” streaming running on a mobile device, circa 2019.

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Yesterday’s news that four unnamed Microsoft games are coming to “the other consoles” was a bit anticlimactic after weeks of now-refuted rumors about games like Starfield and Indiana Jones and the Great Circle going to the PlayStation 5. Yet even as those rumors die, Microsoft seems to be actively feeding new rumors regarding plans for some sort of portable gaming device.

In an interview with the Verge accompanying yesterday’s “multi-platform” business announcement, Microsoft Xbox CEO Phil Spencer was asked directly about any handheld hardware plans, including his recent penchant for liking some social media posts discussing handheld game consoles. While Spencer said he had “nothing to announce,” he talked up a lot of other handheld gaming hardware when talking about how Xbox could capture more “player hours.”

So, okay, what keeps people from playing certain hours? Well there’s some sleep, school, and kind of normal life, but some of it is just access. Do I have access to the games that I want to play right now? Obviously we’re kind of learning from what Nintendo has done over the years with Switch, they’ve been fantastic with that. So when I look at Steam Deck and the ROG and my Legion Go, I’m a big fan of that space.

Spencer went on to say that “real work” still needs to be done to get Windows to work better with controller input and on smaller 7- to 8-inch screens. That’s the kind of OS work we’d note would be very useful if Microsoft is planning to release a Windows-based gaming portable of its own (we’re assuming Microsoft would not want to ditch Windows in favor of SteamOS). “That’s a real design point that our platform team is working with Windows to make sure that the experience is even better,” he said.

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Spencer gave even more direct hints along the same lines in an interview with Bloomberg, where he

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Diablo 4 will make a hellish addition to Xbox Game Pass this March

Diablo 4 is coming to Game Pass this March. Xbox’s Sarah Bond made the announcement this evening, as part of the company’s business update podcast. In a follow up post on social media, Xbox said Diablo 4’s upcoming Game Pass debut is part of Microsoft’s “promise to offer Activision Blizzard games” on the subscription service…

Diablo 4 is coming to Game Pass this March.

Xbox’s Sarah Bond made the announcement this evening, as part of the company’s business update podcast. In a follow up post on social media, Xbox said Diablo 4’s upcoming Game Pass debut is part of Microsoft’s “promise to offer Activision Blizzard games” on the subscription service…
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Hashtag Trending Dec.12- Telepathic communication with ChatGPT; BlackBerry not spinning off IoT business; Microsoft agrees to union contract terms

A company claims it’s achieved telepathic communication with ChatGPT. BlackBerry backs down on spinning off its IoT business. One in five teenagers is using social media almost “constantly.” And did you ever think you see a union at Microsoft? And one that is negotiating the use of AI? …

A company claims it’s achieved telepathic communication with ChatGPT. BlackBerry backs down on spinning off its IoT business. One in five teenagers is using social media almost “constantly.” And did you ever think you see a union at Microsoft? And one that is negotiating the use of AI? …
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