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How to turn off heads-up notifications in Android Marshmallow

Android Lollipop introduced a new type of notification that Google calls “heads-up notifications.” Instead of showing a scrolling message in the status bar—as was the case with notifications in earlier versions of Android—Lollipop’s heads-up notifications slide down over the status bar and provide a larger, more visible notification message.

The change was…controversial. These new notifications may look prettier and be easier to read than the old ones, but some users, like Computerworld’s JR Raphael, bemoaned the change since the new notifications obscured other onscreen content. Heads-up notifications are still around in Android Marshmallow, but you can now switch off heads-up notifications on a per-app basis.

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Intel takes on Raspberry Pi in the classroom

Intel takes on Raspberry Pi in the classroom

Intel has made its big bid to grab a share of the educational computer board market and it has Raspberry Pi firmly in its sights. The processor giant is not creating a small format computer board for the maker and education markets from scratch. It has teamed up with the organisation behind the Arduino board. …

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How to turn off doze mode for specific apps in Android Marshmallow

New in Android Marshmallow is a feature called “Doze mode,” which prevents certain tasks from running if you’re phone’s been sitting idle for a while. The idea here is to save battery life by reducing power draw while you aren’t using your phone.

But if you have a particular app that you want to leave running unchecked, no matter what, you can disable Doze mode for that app. Here’s how to do it.

Open the Settings app and tap Battery. Tap the Options menu button (the three dots in the upper right), then tap Battery optimization. Tap the downward-pointing arrow, then tap All apps from the menu that appears.

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Toshiba adds USB to Cortex-M0 MCUs for mobile

Toshiba adds USB to Cortex-M0 MCUs for mobile

Toshiba is aiming at the USB interfaces of tablets and laptops as it announces three ARM Cortex-M0 microcontrollers with USB device controllers. Other targets are office automation equipment, industrial controllers and sensor hubs. Inside are 128kbyte flash and 16kbyte SRAM, with SPI and I2C (x2) (with 1Mbit/s Fast Mode Plus) serial interfaces joining the USB. …

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Is Apple's security honeymoon on OS X ending?

Apple scored unforgettable hits against Microsoft with its Mac vs. PC ads, which anthropomorphized Windows as a sneezing, miserable office worker.  

Security experts always knew that the campaign was a clever bit of marketing fluff, one that allowed Apple to capitalize on Microsoft’s painful, years-long security revamp.

The landscape is changing, however. Apple’s market share of desktop computers is nearing 17 percent. OS X, Apple’s operating system, is popular with consumers and enterprises now, making it a more interesting target for hackers.

A report to be released on Thursday by the security company Bit9 + Carbon Black shows that more malware has been found this year for OS X than in the last five years combined.

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Walmart decries cloud lock-in, plans to open-source OneOps

Vendor lock-in has plagued the corporate world since well before the arrival of the cloud, but now — with ever more of today’s technology operating in an online environment dominated by providers such as Amazon Web Services — it’s taken on new urgency.

Aiming to strike a blow at the problem, Walmart on Wednesday announced that it will open-source the cloud technology it has built up following its acquisition of startup OneOps roughly two years ago.

Specifically, the retail giant’s @WalmartLabs division will upload the technology’s source code to GitHub by the end of the year, according to a blog post by Jeremy King, CTO of Walmart global e-commerce and head of @WalmartLabs, along with Tim Kimmet, vice president of platform and systems for @WalmartLabs. That, in turn, will make it freely available to anyone.

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