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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup: Here's everything we know so far

Editor?s note: This article is frequently updated to reflect the latest information available.

It?s that time of year again. Rumors are flying about the latest Samsung flagship smartphone. Presumably to be called the Galaxy S8, it?ll attempt to revive Samsung?s burned edges from the Galaxy Note7 debacle.

Here?s everything we have heard so far about what Samsung is putting together. The details are pretty much in the rumor category at this point, but we?ll continually update this article with the latest information. In the most recent report, Bloomberg weighs in with some enticing news about the new ?all-screen design,? while also corroborating other rumors we had heard. Read on for the details:

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OpenVPN will be audited for security flaws

The next major version of OpenVPN, one of the most widely used virtual private networking technologies, will be audited by a well-known cryptography expert.

The audit will be fully funded by Private Internet Access (PIA), a popular VPN service provider that uses OpenVPN for its business. The company has contracted cryptography engineering expert Matthew Green, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, to carry out the evaluation with the goal of identifying any vulnerabilities in the code.

Green has experience in auditing encryption software, being one of the founders of the Open Crypto Audit Project, which organized a detailed analysis of TrueCrypt, a popular open-source full-disk encryption application. TrueCrypt has been abandoned by its original developers in 2014, but its code has since been forked and improved as part of other projects.

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AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements

Windows is the indisputable platform of choice for gaming and VR, but Linux is catching up fast as graphics companies ramp up driver and hardware support for the OS.

AMD is showing more love for Linux than ever before. The company on Thursday announced some hardware and driver updates that will strengthen gaming and VR on the OS.

The biggest news is AMD's support for FreeSync on Linux PCs. FreeSync can improve the rendition of games and high-definition video by allowing GPUs to communicate directly with displays, reducing image stutter and lag time. Images are drawn up on thescreen while they are being rendered in GPUs.

This is the first time AMD is bringing FreeSync support to Linux. It was earlier available only on Windows PCs.

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Moore's Law lives on with speedy 7-nm mobile chips coming in 2018

How do mobile devices keep get faster, thinner, and more power efficient? It's thanks to the quick advances in chip manufacturing, which help churn out smaller chips packed with new features.

The next round of premium smartphones early next year could feature chips like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, made using the latest, 10-nanometer process.

Continuing with the famous Moore's Law observation, it's likely that two years after that, smartphones will get even faster and smaller chips will bemade using a 7-nanometer process.

On Monday, ARM, with its chip designs in most smartphones, said it isworking with prominent chip manufacturer TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) to make 7-nm chips. ARM shared intellectual property for its 7-nm designs, allowingchips to be designed for manufacturing in TSMC's factories.

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AMD's Radeon Software Crimson ReLive debuts with features galore

There?s a chill in the air, and the leaves are falling off the trees en masse. You know what that means: It?s time for AMD?s huge annual Radeon software update. Like 2014?s Catalyst Omega and 2015?s Radeon Software Crimson, this year?s refresh packs in some huge new features and extends some existing ones?like the superb Radeon WattMan overclocking tool?to more graphics cards.

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U.S. and U.K. spy agencies have been intercepting in-flight phone calls for y...

U.S. and U.K. spy agencies have been monitoring in-flight mobile phone users for years, according to new revelations from the trove of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

As early as 2012 the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was intercepting voice and data communications from commercial aircraft using the OnAir service to carry 2G mobile services over the Inmarsat satellite communications network. At the time, GCHQ did not have access to a rival in-flight mobile service provider, Aeromobile, French newspaper Le Monde reported Wednesday.

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OnePlus 3T review: One of the best Android phones gets a little better

OnePlus has never been one to play by the rules. Back when it made its entrance into the crowded smartphone market with the One, it set itself apart by selling a premium handset at a mid-tier priceand offering invitation-only purchases instead of the standard preorders. The 3T very much fits with this rebellious nature. Essentially a refreshed version of the 6-month-old OnePlus 3, the new phone undermines another smartphone constant: the yearly update.

iPhone users are familiar with the concept of the mid-cycle model?a handset that keeps the same enclosure but beefs up features and internal components. But there?s always been a special hook with Apple?s S phones, a reason for current owners to rush out and buy the new model. The 3T could be seen as OnePlus? attempt to mimic the success Apple has had with the formula (and in fact, the company says it picked T for the new phone?ssurname simply because it?s a letter higher than S).

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Samsung still struggling with the recovery of Note7 phones from users

Samsung?s recall of Galaxy Note7 smartphones because of exploding batteries is far from complete with some users, for example, in Canada still not turning in their devices for a refund or exchange.

The South Korean company has now decided to cut these phones from the network, adopting similar measures to those taken last month in New Zealand and earlier this month in Australia.

The company said Wednesday that from Dec. 12 functional limitations on Note7 phones, including curbs on the battery charge, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth disablement will be introduced in Canada.

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Microsoft-Qualcomm deal finally puts Windows 10 and Win32 apps on ARM devices

Windows RT tried, and failed, to deliver a full-fledged Windows environment on top of anemic ARM microprocessors. Now, Microsoft is trying again, with two major improvements: compatibility with the mainstream Win32 apps that PC users have enjoyed for years, and a new generation of powerful ARM chips to run them.

At its Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) conference in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft said Thursday morning that it's partnered with Qualcomm to enable new, low-cost PCs. These are intended to replace Windows tablets built aroundIntel?s Atom, a chip the company's essentially discontinued.

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Microsoft wants to enable cellular PCs, but will carriers bite?

Spending time traveling can be a frustrating exercise in trying to find Wi-Fi. So much modern work often requires an internet connection, and while it?s possible to tether smartphones to PCs to help bridge the connectivity gap, that?s a clunky solution.

Microsoft is aiming to help with that by supporting the installation of non-removable programmable SIM cards and data radios in PCs and Windows tablets. In the company's vision, users will then be able to purchase cellular data for those cards through the Windows Store. The announcement was made Thursday at the company?s WinHEC conference for device manufacturers in Shenzhen, China.

More WinHEC news: Windows 10 on ARM PCs are confirmed Wintel's "Project Evo" plans, plus VR PC specs

By enabling the new form of internet access, Microsoft could give users an easy way to get online right from their computer, and encourage manufacturers to build cellular-capable devices. Users would also get settings to help them better manage the use of data plans, so it?s easier for them to control how much data apps can suck up.

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New Windows 10 Insider Build allows you to shut down your PC with your voice

In its latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, Microsoft has given you the power to shut down or restart your PC by your voice alone?a convenience that also may allow pranksters of all stripes to wreak havoc.

Microsoft rolled outPreview Build 14986 of Windows 10to insiders in the Fast ring on Wednesday, on the first day of its Windows Hardware Engineering conference (WinHEC) in Shenzhen, China. It?s a rather substantial build, offering the ability to restart, lock, or shut down your PC via Cortana. It allows you more freedom to control your music via Cortana, provides better PC game support via the Windows Game Bar, includes a Windows Defender dashboard, features improved Windows Ink capabilities, and much more. The new build also ships with specific improvements for customers in Asia, including a better typing experience for Chinese keyboards.

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Intel, Microsoft renew 'Wintel' partnership with Project Evo and VR specs for...

On Wednesday night, Microsoft and Intel reforged their traditional ?Wintel? partnership with a collaboration called ?Project Evo? in which the two companies said that they will work together to improve how PCs think, see and hear. Their initiatives include everything from improved security and authentication to gaming innovations and ?mixed reality? experiences.

Microsoft made the announcement at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Shenzhen, China, an event where Microsoft works with hardware partners to define the future of the PC and related devices.

More WinHEC news: Boom! It's Windows on ARM again, done right! Microsoft's selling cellular plans in the Windows Store

Much of this collaboration involves Intel, which helps provide the hardware reference designs that inform computers and other products made by manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. This year?s WinHEC is being heldsix months after Microsoft declared its intentions to bring Windows 10 to virtual reality devices, and to help the five aforementioned hardware companies develop inexpensive head-mounted VRdisplays. To this end, Intel used WinHEC 2016 to unveil the PC specifications for those VR devices, and also announced its Project Evo partnership with Microsoft.

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Bluetooth 5 is out: Now will home IoT take off?

Bluetooth is aiming straight for the internet of things as the fifth version of the wireless protocol arrives with twice as much speed for low-power applications.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which gains the most from the new Bluetooth 5 specification, can now go as fast as 2Mbps (bits per second) and typically can cover a whole house or a floor of a building, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) said Wednesday. Those features could help to make it the go-to network for smart homes and some enterprise sites.

The home IoT field is pretty open right now because most people haven?t started buying things like connected thermostats and door locks, ABI Research analyst Avi Greengart said. Bluetooth starts out with an advantage over its competition because it?s built into most smartphones and tablets, he said. Alternatives like ZigBee and Z-Wave often aren?t.

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