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Some of your favorite apps will stop working in iOS 11 -- here's how to find out which

Today is a big day for iPhone and iPad users, as it’s when iOS 11 makes its official debut.

There’s a lot of cool new features in this OS update, including a design refresh, revamped Control Center, a Do Not Disturb driving mode, Siri improvements, and much more. However, iOS 11 is also when Apple stops supporting 32-bit apps. And that means some of your beloved apps and games may stop working once you perform the update.

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Get WinX MediaTrans -- an iTunes alternative for Windows -- FREE for a limited time ($59.95 value)

WinX MediaTrans is a fast and easy to use iTunes alternative for Windows that lets you manage content on your iPhone/iPad/iPod. No iTunes or Apple ID needed, and no file erasing risk.

The software, from Digiarty WinXDVD, usually retails for $59.95, but BetaNews readers can get it entirely free for a limited time.

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'Your Windows Has Been Banned' malware makes an unwelcome return

"Your Windows Has Been Banned" is a nasty piece of malware that first surfaced in 2016. It locks your computer screen and displays a message stating "This PC has been banned for terms of use violations."

It doesn’t go into specifics for the ban -- because, obviously, it’s not a real ban -- but simply says that your PC has been locked in order to "protect the Windows service and its members," adding "Microsoft does not provide details about specific PC bans."

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Skip Ahead Build 16362

Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build for Insiders on the Fast ring. Build 16288 fixes a lot of issues, although it also failed to arrive for many users.

Today, Microsoft releases another new build, only this time for those Insiders who have chosen to Skip Ahead to the pre-release Redstone 4 branch. This branch will form the basis for the next big feature release after the Fall Creators Update.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will give you greater control over your privacy -- but does it go far enough?

One of the biggest complaints about Windows 10 is that it spies on its users. Microsoft has reigned in this snooping in past feature updates, and is introducing yet more privacy enhancements in the forthcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

These changes, Microsoft says, will give users greater access to information, as well as more control over what data is collected in the first place. There are two main additions.

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Having problems downloading the latest 'frustrating' Windows 10 build? You're not alone

After a wait of nearly two weeks, Microsoft yesterday rolled out a new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build to Insiders on the Fast ring.

At least, that was the intention. However, the release didn’t go according to plan, and many people found themselves unable to download the new build. Microsoft was quickly on the case and delivered a fix for the issue, except, well, people still can’t download the update.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Build 16288 to the Fast ring

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout is scheduled to begin on October 17th, although if the speed of the previous feature update rollout is anything to go by, it will be quite some time before most users get offered it (although they'll of course be able to manually update their PCs if they wish.)

Microsoft is hard at work getting the new update ready, although some major bugs meant it's been nearly two weeks since the last build was pushed out. Today the wait is over, as a new build finally arrives for Insiders on the Fast ring (not Skip Ahead).

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Want to buy an iPhone? There are too many choices now

At its first ever event at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Apple took the wraps off its latest iterations of iPhone -- the iPhone 8, its larger sibling the iPhone 8 Plus, and the re-imagined iPhone X.

If you’re in the market for a new flagship smartphone, then choosing between the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X could be tricky, as many of the new features are available on both devices, but it becomes even harder when you consider there are even more iPhones to choose from in the official line-up.

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Apple reveals the iPhone X -- but does it offer enough to justify its high price?

It’s been rumored, and even revealed in a number of leaks, but the iPhone X (iPhone 10 as it’s referred to) is now official.

The super flagship from Apple features an edge-to-edge OLED screen with Super Retina display that does away with the Home button, an advanced Face ID unlocking method that replaces Touch ID, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, and more.

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How to watch Apple's big iPhone X launch live on any device including Windows, Linux and Android

In just a few hours, Apple will be taking the wraps off its latest smartphones, the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the overhauled anniversary device which is expected to be called the iPhone X. It will likely also reveal an updated 4K Apple TV, and a new LTE version of Apple Watch.

Due to a large number of detailed leaks we already have a good idea of what is going to be showcased at the first ever event at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, but as always there are bound to be some surprises.

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Game of Thrones season 7 illegally viewed more than a billion times

Game of Thrones is a hugely popular show, and every year we see statistics regarding how many times different episodes have been downloaded illegally.

Season 7, which has just finished on HBO, was easily the most pirated yet, helped in no small part by leaks from hackers which saw episodes available to stream through Kodi, and download on pirate sites and BitTorrent before they were even broadcast.

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Get O'Reilly's 'The Evolution of Analytics' FREE

Analytics is now an expected part of the bottom line. The irony is that as more companies become adept at analytics, it becomes less of a competitive advantage. Businesses are now being forced to look deeper into their data to increase efficiency and competitiveness.

Enter machine learning. Recent advances have led to increased interest in adopting this technology as part of a larger, more comprehensive analytics strategy. But incorporating modern machine learning techniques into production data infrastructures is not easy.

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Get 'Leading With Strategic Thinking' ($16 value) FREE for a limited time

Leading With Strategic Thinking -- Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and Get Results, from Wiley, reveals what effective leaders do differently.

Eschewing the one-size-fits-all leadership model, this helpful guide outlines four general leadership types and demonstrates how each type achieves success -- whether through personal vision, structured process, collaboration, or by empowering others. The authors identify the actions and skills that distinguish strategic leadership, drawn from interviews and focus groups with over three hundred leaders from around the world.

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Get 'Penetration Testing -- A Survival Guide' ($55 value) FREE for a limited time

The need for penetration testers has grown well over what the IT industry ever anticipated. Running just a vulnerability scanner is no longer an effective method to determine whether a business is truly secure.

Penetration Testing -- A Survival Guide from Packt Publishing usually retails for $55, but BetaNews readers can get it entirely free for a limited time.

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Over a third of Windows 10 users still don't have the Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is set to launch on October 17, but a large portion of Windows 10 users are still waiting to be offered the Creators Update which was released back in April.

Windows 10 rollouts tend to be quite slow -- Microsoft only makes each upgrade available to systems it considers compatible -- but the pace of the Creators Update rollout has been positively glacial -- way slower than the Anniversary Update that preceded it.

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