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The most relevant headlines about the software industry and the players making them.

Samsung updates Smart Switch app to version 4.1.17

Moving to a new phone used to be a painful process, especially the transfer of data like contacts, photos and apps. But today if you put cloud storage to good use in combination with the right utility, it can be done more easily even if you are moving to a different platform. Samsung offers Smart Switch to facilitate the shift and evidently it's keeping it up to date. You can download it here for Windows, Mac and Android.

Get 3DMark, PCMark and VRMark for $12 in latest Humble Bundle

If you're a benchmarking enthusiast like us at TechSpot, the latest Humble Software Bundle may be what you're after. Alongside several other useful tools, this new bundle includes the Advanced Editions of Futuremark's three main benchmarking apps – PCMark 8,…

Freebie: Hacking for Dummies

Hacking For Dummies, 5th Edition explores the malicious hacker's mindset, helps the reader develop an ethical hacking plan, and cover typical hack attacks and how to counteract them. You can get the ebook free of charge with your email address or by connecting via LinkedIn. The offer is only good until Feb 15.

GIMP, the popular free photo editor, gets updated

GIMP is arguably the closest it gets to an open source free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. With tons of features and image manipulation tools at your disposal (and the complexity that comes with it), GIMP is a powerful cross-platform desktop photo editing program. The latest version brings several GUI improvements, bug fixes and general enhancements. Full release notes and download links for Windows, macOS and Linux are here.

Google Maps launches new Parking Difficulty feature

The newest update for Google Maps includes a new feature called Parking Difficulty, as announced by Google product manager Jeff Albertson. Currently rolling out, the update will be available globally for Android devices, and the Parking Difficulty feature will work in 25…

Chrome 56 is out: Offers faster and leaner page reloads

Page reloading has long been a staple feature of web browsers and its original behavior has been kept throughout the years. Upon a reload, browsers check with the server if cached resources are still usable. This typically results in hundreds of network requests. In Chrome 56, improvements to this behavior produce reloads that are 28% faster and result in 60% less validation requests. You can download the latest stable version of Chrome for Windows, macOS and Linux here.

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