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Windows 11 is not at all as popular as previously mentioned. According to the latest Statcounter report, its market share is even less than that of Windows 8.1

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Back in December, we reported that Windows 11 had taken over 8.5% of the PC market, numbers that showed the incredible rise of Microsoft’s new OS, according to AdDuplex statistics. However, the Statcounter report for 2021 shows very different data.

Windows 11 is not at all as popular as previously mentioned.  According to the latest Statcounter report, its market share is even less than that of Windows 8.1

As of January 2022 (report covers January 2021 to January 2022), Windows 11 accounts for just 2.6% of Windows on desktops and laptops, fourth out of six. Only Windows 8 and Windows XP have significantly less, but the same Windows 8.1 has 2.93%, not to mention Windows 7, whose share is five times larger than that of Windows 11.

The difference in AdDuplex and Statcounter reports can be explained by the difference in data collection approaches. If AdDuplex statistics count about 60,000 Windows-based PCs worldwide, then Statcounter is a counter installed on more than two million sites. Obviously, in the case of Statcounter, the sample is much larger. As for the dominant Microsoft OS, here, according to Statcounter, Windows 10 is unconditionally in the lead. Its share is more than 80%.

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Android apps on Windows 11 become available in five more regions

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Microsoft is expanding the geographic reach of its Android app testing program on Windows 11 PCs.

Android apps on Windows 11 become available in five more regions

Back in October 2021, Android apps for Windows 11 finally became available to members of the Windows Insiders Testing Program. Then, after months of testing, they became available as a public preview and in a stable version of the OS, but only for users in the US. Microsoft today announced that it is expanding this program to more countries.

Android apps on Windows 11 become available in five more regions

As a result, Windows 11 users in five more countries will now be able to enjoy Android apps right on their PC. These include France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. Although Microsoft hasn’t announced a specific timeline, the company has noted that this should happen before the end of 2022.

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Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary of Street View, the feature became available on iOS and Android

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Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary

The Google Street View feature turns 15 today. To celebrate this occasion, Google has added the ability to view street photos on mobile devices. This feature has been around on computers since 2014, but it’s only now being rolled out to iOS and Android.

Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary of Street View, the feature became available on iOS and Android

Google is making an important improvement to the way it captures Street View data for Google Maps with its new camera. In the image below, it’s a new modular system that weighs around 7kg and is no bigger than a house cat, according to Google. The new camera can be installed on any car with a roof rack and controlled from a mobile device. Previously, Google Street View cameras required a special vehicle mount and sophisticated processing equipment to operate.

The new camera will allow Google to expand the Street View feature. Google says the new camera will be in use next year.

It is also announced that Street View Studio will allow users to quickly and bulk upload panoramic image sequences to Google Maps.

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iOS 15.5, Gigabit Ethernet, USB-C and 1.5GB RAM. Apple is ready to release an unknown network adapter

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Apple registered with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a network adapter with model number A2657, and this happened at the beginning of the year.

The description of the device is of interest because it is equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB-C port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC support. The device is running iOS 15.5 operating system, has 1.5 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash memory.

iOS 15.5, Gigabit Ethernet, USB-C and 1.5GB RAM.  Apple is ready to release an unknown network adapter

The documents also describe the second version of the accessory with a Lightning connector instead of USB-C and 1 GB of RAM.

There are no details about what this device is yet.

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“Alien” and “Predator” hunt for Android-smartphones. Details about the new spyware

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Alien and Predator hunt for Android smartphones Details about the new

Android users have been targeted by a new spyware called Alien that can download malware or the Predator virus. The spyware was allegedly developed by Cytrox in North Macedonia.

Google claims that several exploits, which collectively fall under the Alien spyware category, were sold by Cytrox to various government-backed groups. CitizenLab, an online security research company, has also discovered several attacks, and Google claims they are all related to Alien spyware.

Google claims that zero-day exploits based on Alien spyware are used alongside some older exploits. It appears that malware developers are actively trying to take advantage of the time difference between when some critical bugs were fixed but not flagged as security issues and when those fixes were fully rolled out to the Android ecosystem.

Alien and Predator hunt for Android smartphones Details about the new

The virus spreads mainly through email. Victims receive email messages with suspicious links. Either link redirects victims to a website that installs malware.

The virus can potentially record audio, hide applications, and perform a number of other actions. Google claims to have sent out patches to fix the vulnerabilities. However, it is important that Android users remain cautious when opening emails from unfamiliar sources. Also, email users should never click on links embedded in emails without first verifying the identity of the sender.

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