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Stephen Elop is leaving Microsoft as part of a major management restructure

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Microsoft has really been working hard lately to get up to speed with contenders across the increasingly dynamic tech market. This involves major process and lifecycle changes, as well as restructuring of internal structures and departments. Both processes are already well underway, as clearly evident by the new open, feedback-driven approach the Insider program brought to Windows 10.

As it turns out, the US giant is making progress on the second point as well. The latest wave of company restructures has established a new Windows and Devices Group. It will unify the Windows and devices divisions, which is only natural, considering the company’s new one Windows strategy. CEO Satya Nadella, had this to comment: Read more »

V-Moda lets enthusiasts mod $300 headphones with $40,000 custom shields

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There’s avast market for customization in the tech world and V-Moda’s approach to their headphones has always had that in mind. The company is offering buyers the option to trick out their set with custom 3D printed shields, and different models could set you back as much as $40K, we’re told.

We struggled to hit maximum and only managed about $32,000 in the configurator, $270 worth of headphones included. Read more »

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015 brings 300ppi screen like the Voyage

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If the high pixel density of the Kindle Voyage e-reader tempted you, but the $200 price tag was holding you back, now you can get the same 300ppi density at $120 with the 2015 edition of the Kindle Paperwhite. That’s a decent jump from what you got with previous Paperwhites (212ppi).

The premium model still has a number of advantages though. Read more »

Apple Music to cost €9.99/€14.99 in Europe

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Apple is taking a second swing at music streaming, based on the Beats Music service. The base pricing in the US is pretty standard ($9.99 a month) but it was the family plan that turned some heads – up to 6 people can share a plan for just $14.99.

What if your cash doesn’t have dollar signs on it? For Europe at least you just stick your local symbol in front of 9.99 and 14.99 for the respective single and family plans. Read more »

Game Recorder+ lets you capture gameplay footage on Galaxy devices

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Gameplay streaming and commentary have always been trendy with PCs and consoles – so much so, that quite a few people are making good money doing just that on media platforms, such as Twitch and YouTube. Yet, recording from mobile devices is still kind of a hustle and Samsung has realized the need to simplify the whole process releasing the appropriately named Game Recorder+.

The app is pretty straightforward – it can capture gameplay footage from your games as well as audio and video from your device’s front-facing camera for on-the-fly commentary. Once you have the said footage, Game Recorder+ allows you to quickly trim it and even upload the final creation to YouTube. Read more »

Microsoft’s Bing to offer search traffic encryption by default

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Microsoft has announced that the encrypted search feature in Bing, which was rolled out last year and is currently optional, will be available by default in the coming months.

The Redmond, Washington-based company said that while it will continue to send a referrer string (letting marketers and webmasters identify traffic as coming from Bing), the actual query terms will not be passed along. However, some limited query term data will be made available through its various webmaster and advertiser tools, the company noted. Read more »

Apple iTunes to get a colourful makeover soon

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Apple announced the iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan at the WWDC two weeks ago. Among the announced features, the iTunes makeover was surprisingly missed. Yet, the Apple Developer site carries the images of OS X El Capitan interface on MacBook with new iTunes app icon.

Not only that, even the iOS 9 developer pages has the placeholder image bearing revised Music app icon. Both iTunes app icon and the Music app icon get a colourful treatment, moving away from the single color app icon background used so far. Read more »

Pushbullet’s Portal app enables wireless files transfer to Android devices

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Pushbullet introduced a new Portal app that allows transferring files from a computer to the target Android device directly over Wi-Fi. So if you have some large files on your PC or Mac, you can use Portal app to transfer them to the Android phone or tablet without having to connect it physically with the computer.

Portal app from Pushbullet functions very similarly to popular AirDroid, which offers more features than simple files transfer. To get started, you have to use the Portal app to scan the QR code at the Portal web page as it appears on a PC or Mac. Read more »

The best of E3 2015, all in one place

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We already covered most of the major company launches at E3 2015 this year in separate posts before. You can read our posts about Microsoft, Sony, and Square Enix.

Now here’s a recap of some of the best stuff that was announced this year, along with stuff that we may have missed. Read more »

Amazon mulling paying normal people to deliver its packages

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In an effort to contain shipping costs, Amazon is considering paying ordinary people to deliver its packages, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Internally dubbed On My Way, the service would see the company enlisting physical retailers in urban areas to store the packages. As per the report, the idea is in a very nascent stage, as critical aspects like how deliverers would be paid and who would be responsible if packages are damaged or go missing aren’t yet clear. Read more »

BitTorrent Shoot allows you to share files directly between mobile devices

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BitTorrent has released a new app that the company claims allows you to share files directly between mobile devices without going through the cloud. Dubbed Shoot, the app is based on BitTorrent Sync technology, and is compatible with Android, iOS, as well as Windows Phone devices.

“If you’ve ever experienced a situation where you’re on iOS and a friend next to you has an Android phone, sending something like a big batch of photos or a long video is a challenge,” the filesharing company said in a blog post. “The Shoot app was developed to make this easy.” Read more »

HTC Sense TV app makes a comeback on Windows Phone Store

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Over a month after both its Android as well as Windows Phone versions were taken down, the HTC Sense TV app is back on the Windows Phone Store.

If you aren’t already aware, the app allows owners of the HTC One (M8) to use their smartphone as a remote control for their TV. At the time the Sense TV app was discontinued, the company said that users will be prompted to download the Peel app, on which the former is based. However, that never happened. Read more »

Check out all the trailers from the Square Enix E3 2015 conference

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Yesterday, Microsoft and Sony dazzled the gamers with new announcements at the ongoing E3 2015 gaming convention. Today, one of the gaming powerhouse Square Enix shared details about upcoming titles, as well as new games during its press conference.

First up is the stealth-based assassin series game Hitman. After the formal announcement during Sony’s E3 conference, new gameplay footage was revealed, while the game is expected to release on December 8 for PC (via Steam), Xbox One and PS4 platforms. Read more »

HTC starts displaying ads in BlinkFeed

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Back in May a leaked report claimed HTC was gearing up to introduce ads to its BlinkFeed app, and today the Taiwanese company itself has confirmed this. Furthermore, the promotional content will start showing up in BlinkFeed today, at least for users in certain regions.

So if you have an HTC device with BlinkFeed on it and are currently in the US, UK, Germany, Taiwan, or China, expect to start seeing ads such as the one in the screenshot above very soon, if you haven’t already. Read more »

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 now getting Lollipop update

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Last month AT&T finally started pushing out the Lollipop update for its version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and today it’s time for that device’s smaller sibling to receive the tasty treat too. We’re talking about this carrier’s iteration of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, of course.

In its unlocked form, the tablet started getting the update in early May in certain markets. If you bought yours from AT&T, though, only now can you truly celebrate. Read more »