Chrome for Windows gets Material Design and big battery improvements

Microsoft has been hammering Chrome’s battery performance in recent months, but Google is starting to hit back with updates to its browser. Chrome 53 has been released to the stable channel this week, and it brings CPU and GPU power consumption enhancements for video playback, alongside “big” performance and power improvements …

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Change.org lays off 30% of its staff

Change.org CEO Ben Rattray Source: Flickr/Shane Adams Change.org, the popular online petition site with over 159 million users, laid off 30% of its staff on Thursday, Yahoo Finance has learned from two current employees. The layoffs affect roughly 100 employees across all departments. The move follows news reported by Yahoo Finance earlier …

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Why Google is betting on Allo to outdo Facebook Messenger

Google’s new Allo app will take on Facebook’s Messenger Google has a messaging problem. Despite its massive size and reach — a number of its services including Android and Gmail regularly capture a billion monthly users — Google has fallen off when it comes to the most popular trend in …

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Wacom's digital notepads take you halfway to a Yoga Book

One of the most interesting bits of tech at IFA this year has been the digital notepad feature of Lenovo’s Yoga Book. Slip a pad of paper onto the touch panel, start drawing with Lenovo’s pen (using real ink!), and your analog scribbles will be immediately digitized on screen, courtesy of …

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 recalled

A worldwide recall has been issued for Samsung’s Galaxy Note7. After 35 batteries proved faulty on 35 of the devices, Samsung has halted sales and stated it will replace all of the devices already sold. This is a major setback for Samsung especially with the impending announcement of Apple’s iPhone 7. …

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Your next laptop could have a fingerprint reader and USB C

Lenovo’s Yoga 910 laptop (image: Rob Pegoraro) BERLIN—Your next laptop may be a lot thinner — and the most important interface on it may not be the keyboard, the touchpad or the screen. The IFA trade show here shows two welcome and rapidly accelerating trends in the Windows PC market. …

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