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Video shows how Cortana could work on Windows 8

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Microsoft’s virtual assistant, named Cortana, is so far only available on Windows Phone 8.1. But what if it will one day make it to the company’s computer and tablet oriented ‘full’ Windows release? If you’re wondering how Cortana would work in such a scenario, that’s exactly what a video from Microsoft Research shows us.

Apparently before the name Cortana was chosen to be used for the assistant’s public release, it was going by Project Louise. And Microsoft Research had it running on a Windows 8 tablet a long time ago. Read more »

Analyst: Apple’s iWatch to enter mass production in November

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Apple’s alleged smartwatch will enter mass production in November, according to the popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It has to be noted that Ming has provided relatively accurate information on the future Apple products in the past and his track record is almost impeccable.

The KGI Securities analyst has also made a speculation on what the upcoming ‘iWatch’ may feature. Read more »

Acer C720 Chromebook gets a hardware refresh

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Acer has a launched a slightly upgraded version of its C720 Chromebook. The new model now comes with Intel’s powerful Core i3 processor.

The new Acer C720 will be up for grabs in two options – 1.7GHz Core i3 processor with 2GB of RAM or 4GB of RAM. The new versions are priced at $350 and $380 respectively. Read more »

iTunes Extras coming to iOS 8 in the fall

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Have you been enjoying iTunes Extras on your Mac? For a while now, the feature has been an exclusively desktop affair.

Well now, Apple has made the content available on Apple TV, and plans to bring it to iOS 8 in the fall. Read more »

Samsung having trouble selling their OLED displays to other companies

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Samsung’s Super AMOLED mobile displays have certainly received their fair share of accolades, however, that doesn’t mean that other companies are lining up to purchase the tech from the Korean manufacturer.

In fact, Samsung hasn’t been able to sell their OLED screens to anyone else but themselves. Read more »

Microsoft CEO prepares for big changes in company

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CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella sent a company-wide email that promised big changes for the Redmond based tech giant, altering what the “core” of the company will be.

Apparently the new direction that Microsoft will be taking will focus heavily on mobile and cloud services. Read more »

LG G Pad 7.0 and G Pad 10.1 already up for grabs in the US

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LG has announced that two of the three tablets that make up its mid-range roster have gone on sale in the US today. They are the G Pad 7.0 and the G Pad 10.1.

Intriguingly, there was no mention of the G Pad 8.0 in LG’s press release, which may mean that particular model won’t officially be headed to the US. Or it could simply come later. Read more »

Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS receives huge update

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Minecraft Pocket Edition, the iOS interpretation of the famous PC game, has now received what the developer is calling its biggest update ever.

The latest version comes with new features that have been seen in the original computer game. We’re talking about such things as infinite worlds, improved caves and wolves, as well as new items and blocks. Read more »

Google rolls out updates to Maps, Play Games, Gmail, and more

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Following its announcement regarding the new Play Services 5.0 API update last week, Google is now delivering the goods with a plethora of updates to its services and applications.

Not only is the new Google Play Games 2.0 with level-up notifications and quest support being pushed out to users, but new updates to Gmail and Google Maps integrate Google Drive support and let you measure between map locations. Read more »

Samsung Apps is now called Galaxy Apps

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Samsung had earlier announced that it was going to rename its app store as Galaxy Apps and the company has now implemented the change..

The latest update to the app delivers the new branding to the company’s very own app store. Apart from the new description, the Galaxy Apps get a new interface, which more streamlined, cleaner, faster and more responsive. Read more »

This “Moto 360: Why a Watch” video doesn’t say when, but it’s nice to watch anyhow

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Motorola’s latest promo video for the Moto 360 smartwatch is meant to explain why this new smart device has taken the form of a watch (rather than perhaps a smart microwave oven). The answer comes from the Product Lead for the Moto 360 Lior Ron and his belief that the watch was the most personal piece of technology and a self-expression on a wrist.

The video also addresses the round shape as magical, super comfortable and allowing for a larger display. What it doesn’t address is when eager users will be able to get their hands on one or better yet one on their wrists. Read more »

New version of Play Store might allow data restoration from specific devices

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Have you ever had this happen – during the initial setup of an Android device, you tap the restore option and the OS starts reinstalling all sorts of apps you had on your old devices, including many you don’t need? Google might be working on a more intelligent restore option that will allow you to select a backup from a specific device to be restored.

This will make the restore process much easier to deal with for those that have more than one Android device. Read more »

Watch how VFX turn an ordinary world into the extraordinary scenery of ‘Game of Thrones’

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We all know CGI is used a lot these days. Especially in shows like Game of Thrones with dragons, direwolves and walking skeletons (among other things). But those sets, those look pretty real, right? And the castles and the ship? That can’t be CGI. Except it is.

VFX studio Mackevision has uploaded a video and, at the cost of sounding like BuzzFeed, you won’t believe how much of what you see on screen is CGI. Read more »

Screencasting feature now available on select Android devices

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Google has flipped the switch on the screencasting feature in Android KitKat devices, which means a select few handsets running this OS (4.4.1 and above) will now see the Screencast option available in the expanded notifications screen as well as Display options in the Settings app.

The feature currently is available on Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), HTC One M7, LG G Pro2, LG G2, and LG G3. If you have one of these phones the screencast option will appear automatically on your device without having to install anything. Read more »

LG making 18″ flexible OLED displays that you can roll

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The day where you can take your TV screen display and roll it into a tube is soon upon us: LG already has an 18″ OLED display that’s flexible enough to be treated like a sushi roll.

What’s more is that the Korean manufacturer promises 60″ flexible screens in the future. Read more »