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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    Windows 10 has proven to be rather popular since its launch on July 29, and we assume it has to do with more than just its free price tag. Microsoft has brought some major changes that have actually made Windows "cool again," something desperately needed after the flop of Windows 8. If you're wondering how many products run Windows 10 today, we just received details. Yusef Mehdi, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group has just tweeted details. We hear that 75 million devices now run Windows 10, and this even includes computers from back in 2007. 90,000 ...

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    The biggest issue with facial recognition software, is that well, my older son looks a lot like me. We’ve seen Google work hard at fixing this in its latest versions of Android, but that is no guarantee on every scenario. Microsoft has been working hard on that regard with Windows Hello, and today we’re shown how. Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 included a bevy of new services, and when it comes to security, we have Windows Hello, which is the company’s biometric security system. This allows you to authenticate your computer using facial recognition, fingerprints, etc. Obviously ...

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    Microsoft's inclusion of Cortana on Windows 10 marks a very smart move that other manufacturers like Apple and Google haven't followed with their current PC offerings. The inclusion of a smart digital assistant makes far more sense when using a powerful computer, than when using a phone on the go in most cases. Today we learn that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Intel has just announced a new "Wake-on-voice" feature that will be included on Windows 10 computers running on Intel processors. The idea is that you can wake up your computer from a low power state by simply saying "Hey ...

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    We've been hearing about a possible Microsoft Surface Phone for nearly three years now. With all the recent changes that have happened in Microsoft, it's even harder to believe that this phone will happen now. That said, it could be that the company is still considering it, and today we learn about its specs. It seems that this Microsoft Surface Phone is known by the codename of project Project Juggernaut Alpha, which matches the previous leaks we heard a couple of years ago. If true we're seeing a spec sheet that's rather powerful with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display of 1440×2560 16:9 ...

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    Remember when Brazilian police snatched up a stolen Sony Xperia C5 Ultra demo unit? That was pretty cool. But what if police actually used smartphones in the line of duty instead of just seizing them? Police departments have been trying to push into the 21st century with their tactics and tools for ... 15 years now. We haven't reported much on the transformation of policing since 2009. But this story's worth sharing because it involves a mobile platform underdog: we can now confirm that Windows software for mobile devices is running on active NYPD equipment. Officers from the 43rd ...

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    Apple has allowed users to install Windows on the Mac for years now, through a service called Boot Camp. This allows you to dual boot Windows when needed, and the experience is rather pleasant, given how simple it is to make a Mac feel like if was made to run Windows. Each new version of Windows requires an update to the service, and Apple has corresponded today. Apple has just launched Boot Camp 6, an update that now supports Windows 10 to run on the Mac. Boot Camp 6 also provides updates to Apple's drivers, which will allow Windows 10 to support additional Mac features features like USB ...

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    Yes, we know, it's been almost a month since Microsoft launched a new build for Windows 10 Mobile. It makes all the sense in the world though as the company had all its major players focused on launching the desktop version of Windows 10 to the masses. Now that all that is set and done, Microsoft responds with a major leap. Windows 10 Mobile grows up from build 10166 to build 10512 as of today for those insiders on the fast ring. The amount of changes in features isn't as large as the company's focus making things work. Previous rumors claimed that this build will be mostly about ...

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    Okay, before you scroll like mad down to the source link, please, at least let us have a chance to give some context for you. Michael Fisher is known for complaining about how devices that support Micro-USB Type-C will devilishly decline his old Type B cables. But the convenience of not having to recklessly damage your non-reversible Micro-USB jack or port (in committing the crime of plugging in your charger in the dark) is there. And a firm called Codistas has answered to this demand by creating a reversible Type B port. The magic Codistas worked into the "Micro-Flip" connector is ...

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    Even though we still don't have any success figures for Windows 10, Microsoft has done a good job at nailing its launch goals, at least in timing. We still don't have a defined date for Windows 10 Mobile, but we've heard that either IFA or CTIA could give us the information we need. Given how close we are to the date, it only makes sense for the company to make leaps towards it. It seems that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 10 Mobile build 10512 very soon. Yes, we do know that the previous build is almost a month old, and we do know that 10512 is a major number jump from the ...

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    The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is now available on AT&T in the States and we've got one of them to test out. As is the theme with Microsoft and their Windows Phones since shutting down Nokia, this is a budget friendly device that won't let you show off any ground-breaking incredible new features like Nokia used to do with the likes of the Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 from 2013.  The Lumia 640 XL is, however, quite a nice phone especially if you're into the giant-screen phablet style devices.  The Lumia 640 XL is only a bit smaller than the Lumia 1520 with its 5.7" screen versus the 1520's 6" ...

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    Even though Microsoft has been kind of infamous for its timing at launching products, this is clearly a new company. Redmond was able to deliver its Windows 10 promise for computers, and so far stats seem positive. If you're in the market for a product right now, it seems you won't even need to upgrade. Microsoft has decided to already sell its Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10 installed. Whether it's the case of the 10.8-inch tablet, or the 12-inch professional computer, you won't have to bother with the burden of installing Windows 10 on either. This is also happens to be the ...

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    Nokia's HERE maps and services may not be as popular as Google Maps lately, but that's mainly from a consumer standpoint. These mapping services are already an important backbone to navigation services on vehicles, among other enterprise customers. With rumors of a ton of tech companies like Google and Apple behind acquiring HERE, German automakers decided to step up. As we reported a few days ago, a group comprised of Audi, BMW and Daimler (Mercedes) has just struck a deal with Nokia for HERE. In the report a few days ago, their plan was to create a platform where other automakers could ...

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    Microsoft has done a very good job at keeping everyone on the loop of its progress with Windows 10. The update started rolling out to some yesterday and to others today, but it seems that even then, the company has found a few bugs to squash. The company has already prepared its first patch for its new operating system, and it seems very important. Build 10240.16405.150725-1815.th1 for Windows 10 is reportedly already being deployed to customers. If you've already updated to Windows 10 then this should appear on your Windows Update section, and in the case that you haven't updated to the ...

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    Even with the rumored Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL as the flagship devices that Satya Nadella would be proud to show off, we know that Microsoft has a tremendous focus on the mid and low-tier sectors. Most of the company's product launches lately have been all about that, and it seems Redmond is out for more. First of all let's get the hot news out of the way, and it's that sources claim that Microsoft is targeting to be done with Windows 10 Mobile for existing devices in September, rumors which match the close-to-IFA dates we heard of previously. It seems we should expect compatible devices ...

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    We've written a few articles about how much of a mess the Windows 10 Mobile preview has been, but now we're deep into the summer with the desktop counterpart ready to release at the end of the month. How's the mobile version of Windows 10 shaping up? Well, there have been quite a few improvements in Windows 10 Mobile, but what we're looking at in build 10166 is still pretty much all over the place. It's not even close to being on feature parity with Windows Phone 8.1. First let's look at some of the major system-wide issues. The most visible problem is when adding a background image to the ...

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    Microsoft’s Surface tablets are attractive for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being the compatibility they offer with traditional PC software. But when we're talking about programs that maybe weren't developed with touch input in mind, how to control them on a tablet becomes a very important consideration. To solve that puzzle, Microsoft has blessed some of its Surface models with support for a high-precision stylus. Earlier this year we heard a rumor claiming that Microsoft was interested in buying the company that provided it with this stylus tech, and this week we get ...

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    Whether you're thinking about new Lumia flagships or just Windows 10 itself, it's easy to find reasons to be excited about upcoming Microsoft products. But there's one that's captured the minds of the tech community maybe more than any other in recent memory, the incredibly futuristic, all-sorts-of-ambitious HoloLens. The more we learn about the hardware that goes into this headset, and the more we hear about what it promises to allow us to do, the easier it is to become enraptured with its possibilities. But there's still a lot we don't know about HoloLens, including what could prove to ...

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    Even though Microsoft did a good job at wowing everyone with the HoloLens announcement a few months ago, it ended up leaving more questions than answers. First of all, we all know that most of the virtual reality solutions in the market are really a phone strapped to your head, but in the case of HoloLens, we still have no clue how it works, or what it pairs with. Microsoft's Build conference was the perfect scenario for answering some questions, and here are some facts. First of all, let's start by answering the primary question; this is pretty much a computer with a ton of sensors on ...

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    Apple's Tim Cook stated that he was optimistic about iPad sales, even though these have been on rough decline over the last couple of quarters. As a matter of fact, it's not just the iPad that's on decline, but really all tablets in a very proportionate manner. Today the IDC reveals some statistics for Q1/2015, and the results aren't to celebrate. The report claims that Apple still owns the tablet market with 26.8%, which amounts to the 12.6 million iPads that Cupertino sold according to the last conference call. This is down a whopping 22.9% when compared to how tablet sales performed for ...

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    Even though we're still months away from the launch of Windows 10, the phone previews that we've received over the last few weeks have revealed a lot. Surely we know that there are other builds tested privately that promise more features, but it's hard to predict when the Windows Insider program will shed some light. Still, today we land some leaks of new features coming to Windows Phone, but the aspect of the OS has us confused. The leaked photos show us what seems to be multi-window support coming to Windows Phone, something that was very popular on Windows 8 for the desktop. Now, notice ...

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    If you spend a lot of time working with Microsoft's suite of Office apps, you're likely familiar with the company's support for Office add-ins, plugins that allow developers to brings news tools and features to standard Office programs. These can be anything from document management systems, to collections of shortcuts, to industry-specific projects that make it easier to work with advanced notation. At its Build conference today, Microsoft is showcasing some expanded add-in support coming with Office 2016, including the ability for add-ins to exist across platforms. Considering how Office ...

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    Every year we start things off with a couple months of expo season, with winter bringing us both CES and later MWC. But by the time spring rolls around, we're ready to move on from those big trade shows to platform-focused events. Google I/O and Apple's WWDC are still weeks away, but this week Microsoft gets things started with Build 2015. With lots of events and presentations to check out, there's plenty to keep attendees busy, but it's today's first keynote that's likely to bring us any big news Microsoft has brewing. We'll be delivering coverage of any important announcements later ...

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    Microsoft has continued to push updates for its Windows 10 preview for the desktop, but it's clear that there are other versions up the company's sleeve in the works. Just as we saw leaks of a Windows 10 for phones that hasn't gone public yet, it seems that Microsoft has very advanced builds with major changes to come as well. New leaks show us a new Windows 10 in the works that marks the return of the Windows Aero effect that we saw with Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is basically the window transparency effect that Windows 8 killed, even though this time it seems that the effect will ...

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    Remember last week's rumors that implied Nokia was planning on returning to the smartphone game sometime in 2016? OK, forget about them. While the usual policy is a "no comment on rumors" one (or at least that's what the media is being constantly told, for ages), Nokia denies the rumors, as the Finnish company made an official statement on the matter: "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks ...

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