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Xbox One November update: wallpapers, trending TV shows

Xbox One November update: wallpapers, trending TV shows

Microsoft has just started rolling out the latest and last system update for the Xbox One this year. Already available as a preview for testers last month, this update brings a ton of new options, in particular regarding customization for both the console itself and gamers' online profiles. It also improves ways to discover new content, whether they be Live TV shows or games from the marketplace. Plus, some smaller touches here and there that gives you even less reasons to stand up from your couch.

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LG G3 to lay claim to first Android 5.0 update

LG G3 to lay claim to first Android 5.0 update

When Android Lollipop was first announced, many OEMs were quick to rally behind the new Android version but Korean manufacturers LG and Samsung weren't as quick. But although LG was one of the last to voice out support for Android 5.0, it has now seemingly turned the tables on everyone else. The company has announced that its LG G3 flagship, still one of the better smartphones this year, will be receiving the much awaited update this week, beating everyone else in the race to be the first to get Android 5.0 on an OEM device.

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OUYA “Chickcharney” update focuses on user-made content

OUYA “Chickcharney” update focuses on user-made content

OUYA is not dead. And to prove that claim, the startup has just announced it's latest update that brings a couple of new features to the console and the OUYA gaming ecosystem as a whole. Taking center stage in this update is a focus on user-made content and mods, opening the door for more replayability in mobile games. Plus, it is finally possible to bundle games in promos and sales, just in time for the holiday countdown. Of course there are also bugfixes here and there plus the traditional new paint job for the user interface.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Continuing a tradition it set last year, Verizon is outing the next iteration of its self-branded tablet, appropriately named the Ellipsis 8. Aside from the increment in number and, therefore, in size, the tablet represents a rather minor upgrade from last year's Ellipsis 7 model. Of course, hardware specs alone aren't the main focus of this mid-range tablet. The Ellipsis 8, in particular, is meant to showcase Verizon's doubly fast XLTE network. The videos you'll be able to stream or download because of that is the cherry on top.

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Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

There's almost a smartphone for everyone, whether they be kids, teens, older users, or industrial workers. Those that work to ensure our safety and security now also have a smartphone that caters to their needs. Motorola Solutions has unveiled the LEX L10, the latest of its LTE enabled devices designed for first responders. Powered by Android, this smartphone isn't like your run of the mill rugged smartphone that usually sport mediocre specs. The LEX L10 is hardy both inside and outside and also has the power to show for it.

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Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Zuckerberg answers biggest Facebook Messenger question: Why?

Facebook has made many changes to both its web experience and its mobile apps, and a good number of them have never been popular. The latest debacle that the social networking giant has found itself in is about the forced move to a separate independent app for messaging. The company has just recently conducted its first public town hall Q&A, with Mark Zuckerberg taking the mic. And surely enough, the first question thrown at him, said to be the most popular one, is why on earth did Facebook force this change on them.

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CoD Ghosts, Advanced Warfare blocks PS4 Share Play for now

CoD Ghosts, Advanced Warfare blocks PS4 Share Play for now

Sony has just released its latest system update for the PlayStation 4 and it has poured a lot of focus on the "virtual couch" features of the new Share Play. But if you're quite excited to let others view your screen, or convince others to play your game for you, better calm down a bit and take stock of your games. Unsurprisingly, not all titles support the share-your-controller/screen feature, with some actively blocking it out. Call of Duty: Ghost and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare happens to be two of them.

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Microsoft teases new Lumia phone coming November 11

Microsoft teases new Lumia phone coming November 11

Apparently it hasn't taken long for Microsoft to fully lay claim to its shiny new non-Nokia Microsoft-only Lumia name. After a brief sighting of a Microsoft smartphone at TENAA earlier this week, Microsoft is officially teasing the public and its fans with what would be the first Microsoft Lumia smartphone in history. With nothing but a cropped section of what seems to be the same leaked device, Microsoft is saying that it has #MoreLumia in store for everyone. But you'll have to wait for November 11 to find out what.

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Xiaomi defies logic, doubles profits by selling cheap

Xiaomi defies logic, doubles profits by selling cheap

All if not a lot of eyes are on Xiaomi these days. By entering into the top 5 smartphone makers in the world, the Chinese OEM has suddenly enjoyed both increased fame and scrutiny. Already a hot item in its homeland, Xiaomi is now starting to get the attention and even fears of other major players in the mobile market. It's not hard to become a huge target when your revenues nearly double in just a year, even when analysts say you can't do so by selling smartphones at very low prices.

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Unlocked Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now available

Unlocked Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now available

Holidays are fast approaching but not everyone has had their wares all out yet. Just in time for that favorable shopping period, Sony has made the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the Xperia Z3, the latter arriving unlocked, available in the US from its own e-store. With the Xperia Z3 Compact, which launched similarly in the US just a month ago, Sony's new Xperia Z3 family is finally complete, giving fans in the country their choice of waterproof entertainment and productivity device to keep them warm this season.

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