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Hands on: WatchOS 3 is the OS Apple always intended
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Adobe fixes critical flaws in Flash Player and Digital Editions

Adobe Systems has fixed more than 30 vulnerabilities in its Flash Player and Digital Editions products, most of which could be exploited to remotely install malware on computers.

The bulk of the flaws, 26, were patched in Flash Player on all supported platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux.

Twenty-three of those vulnerabilities can lead to remote code execution and the remaining three can be used for information disclosure or to bypass security features, Adobe said in an advisory.

Adobe advises users to update Flash Player version on Windows and Mac or version on Linux. The new version of the Flash Player extended support release, which only receives security patches, is now

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Windows desktop apps arrive in the Windows Store

Developers can now distribute their Windows desktop apps to people shopping through Windows 10’s app store, with an update from Microsoft Wednesday.

It’s a move powered by Project Centennial, which lets developers take older Windows apps (known in Microsoft parlance as Win32 apps), port them to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and then sell them on the Windows Store. The first of those apps are rolling out over the coming days, and developers can now submit their Centennial-converted apps for future release.

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Self-driving Ubers are now arriving in Pittsburgh

Uber has begun offering customers the chance to ride in one of its autonomous car prototypes. The new service has launched in Pittsburgh, where Uber carries out its high-tech research, and is a sign of confidence by the company in its self-driving car technology.

The service is initially being offered to Uber’s “most loyal” customers in the city as part of the Uber X service, the company said in a blog post that was short on technical details.

The Ford Focus cars being used in the trial will have a human in the driver’s seat—someone who should be ready to take over from the computer should it encounter a situation it cannot safely deal with. That’s not only a prudent technical move but also the law. No U.S. states have legalized self-driving cars without human drivers or steering wheels.

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Who We Think Will Win Big at the Emmys

The Emmys are this Sunday. That means every comedy, drama, and limited series you’ve loved over the past year or so is probably up for a big ol’ trophy. Some will win, many will lose, all will show up in their finest evening wear.

Well, we here at WIRED Culture may not be in tuxes and gowns, but we do want to celebrate television. That’s why we’re spending this week’s Monitor podcast talking about who we think will win big during this weekend’s ceremony. (If The People v. O.J. Simpson doesn’t win something, we’ll eat our collective hat.) We’re also, of course, talking about who we think should win, but won’t. ::cough::Samantha Bee::cough:: Oh, and we’ve also got some deep thoughts about Master of None to share with you as well.

So put down the remote and join us. We’ve got writers and editors Emma Grey Ellis, K.M. McFarland, and Angela Watercutter on the mic, and we’re ready for fancy clothes, bad jokes, and gold statues.

A few helpful links for things we talk about in the podcast:

-The Emmy nominations
-WIRED’s analysis of the best performances on People v. O.J. Simpson
-K.M. McFarland’s Gene Wilder obit
-Emma Grey Ellis’s piece on Samantha Bee’s Emmys snub
-Angela Watercutter’s story on virtual reality film Henry’s Emmy win
-K.M. McFarland’s ranking of Roald Dahl movie adaptations


U-Gym massages you during exercise

ugym I’m a big fan of massages, so I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across a company in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Startup Alley earlier today. Taiwan-based U-Gym is a deep layer muscle massager that you can wear while exercising. U-Gym uses medium-frequency electrotherapy to stimulate your muscles, nerves and meridians. The company says it can help with muscle stiffness and… Read More


Desktop Apps Make Their Way Into the Windows Store

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Windows Store, which consisted of "Metro / Modern UI" apps which worked best on touch capable devices. Since the release of Windows 8, many users complained that they wanted traditional apps -- the applications they had grown accustomed to -- to be included in Windows Store. This would have come in handy to especially Windows RT users, who couldn't easily get traditional applications installed on their devices. Well, guess, what, that's changing now. Though only for Windows 10 users who have gotten the Anniversary Update -- and guess what, many haven't and might not for another month and a half. At any rate, ArsTechnica elaborates: Until now, applications built for and sold through the Windows Store in Windows 10 have been built for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), the common set of APIs that spans Windows 10 across all the many devices it supports. This has left one major category of application, the traditional desktop application built using the Win32 API, behind. Announced at Build 2015, codename Project Centennial -- now officially titled the Desktop App Converter -- is Microsoft's solution to this problem. It allows developers to repackage existing Win32 applications with few or no changes and sell them through the store. Applications packaged this way aren't subject to all the sandbox restrictions that UWP applications are, ensuring that most will work unmodified. But they are also given the same kind of clean installation, upgrading, and uninstallation that we've all come to expect from Store-delivered software. Centennial is designed to provide not just a way of bringing Win32 apps into the store; it also provides a transition path so that developers can add UWP-based functionality to their old applications on a piecemeal basis. Evernote, one of the launch applications, uses UWP APIs to include support for Live Tiles and Windows' notification system. In this way, developers can create applications that work better on Windows 10 but without having to rewrite them entirely for Windows 10.

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