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Windows 10 Mobile for older phones delayed to end of February

Windows 10 Mobile for older phones delayed to end of February

Star Wars Episode VIII isn't the only thing that's delayed, but hopefully Lumia users won't be waiting that long for their deserved update. At best, they just need to wait yet another month, on top of already two months of waiting. In a tweet sent to French carrier Bouygues Telecom, subscriber Joel Devaux revealed that he was advised by one of the carrier's representatives that the Windows 10 Mobile update for older but supported Lumia smartphones won't be coming until the end of next month, further delaying the much needed refresh of Microsoft's mobile OS.

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Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

While this year we might see more and more manufacturers adopt "3D Touch" technology for their touchscreens, Elliptic Labs is trying to push a different way to make more expressive controls for smartphones and tablets. Almost llke a Jedi, Elliptic's ultrasonic gesture recognition system can let users wave or "force push" their way to taking selfies, playing games, or just simply navigating around the smartphone. And best of all, at least for OEMs, they won't need specialized hardware to make it all happen.

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France goes against the flow, rejects encryption backdoor law

France goes against the flow, rejects encryption backdoor law

While the US, particularly New York, and the UK are on a crusade to legally mandate the creation of backdoors on otherwise tightly secure encrypted systems, the French government is doing the opposite. It has recently rejected a proposed amendment that would practically require companies to install such backdoors and give government the keys in case of a criminal investigation. This rejection is almost ironic considering it was the recent Paris attacks that are being used by other government to justify their push for encryption backdoors.

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Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel is mighty proud of its new generation Skylake Core I processors, and perhaps it has every right to be. But as much as the 6th gen Core i3, i5, and i7 will be the throbbing heart of a new breed of computers, a large, and possibly more lucrative market, remained without its benefits. Until now, that is. Intel has just announced the Core i7 vPro generation, which marries its 6th gen Skylake chips with its vPro brand of features that focuses on putting the silicon to work for businesses and the enterprise.

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Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

One of the biggest things that Microsoft has been singing about in Windows 10 is the universal app platform, a utopia where apps written for one device factor will also be usable on others, give or take a few tweaks. Part of that promise is realized in Continuum for Phones, which saw the light of day in the high-end Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Now, however, Microsoft is lowering the requirements for Continuum for Phones just a wee bit, embracing mid-range devices running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617.

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No surprise: Saygus V2 delayed but still coming Q1

No surprise: Saygus V2 delayed but still coming Q1

Saygus, the makers of the almost wonderful smartphone in 2009 that never came to be, is close to once again being the center of ridicule. That Iis, if it can't avoid yet another delivery fail. The Saygus V2, pronounced as "V-squared", announced early last year won't be making it early this year. Or at least not next month. The company announced over at Twitter that it's still on the road for a first quarter launch, though the reasons it gave might not spark that much confidence in the new schedule.

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LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

Who would have thought that free, especially from the government, would be this sweet? New York City's mission to lift the city's profile on the Internet map might just truly take off. LinkNYC, which will install gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots all over the city, has just launched in beta for a few locations. And already, the blazing fast speeds are earning it quite the accolades, at least for now. With still a few simultaneously connected users not doing anything extraordinary, not to mention improper, that might not be much of a surprise. Still, it's an achievement worth commending.

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AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

Once upon a time, benchmarks have been the favorite "authority" when choosing products. But thanks to a scandal that rocked the mobile world a few years ago and, more recently, the automobile industry, the objectivity and infallibility of such tests are now being put into question. Taking advantage of recent hurts, AMD is once again pointing the finger Intel, as well as the BAPco benchmarking consortium, for unrealistic, misleading, and almost mythical benchmark results that unsuprisingly put Intel ahead of AMD in terms of CPU performance.

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Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks is once again embracing the digital lifestyle, but this time it is dancing to a slightly different beat, almost literally. This time it won't be about ordering through mobile devices or wirelessly charging said devices. Together with Spotify, the companies will be letting customers discover and experience music in a different way, allowing them to save on Spotify the music that's currently playing in a Starbucks store or access a specially curated Starbucks playlist. Now you won't need to try to guess (or use Shazam) to find out what the catchy new tune's name is.

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Samsung sued in the Netherlands over lack of Android updates

Samsung sued in the Netherlands over lack of Android updates

Samsung is notorious for being one of if not the slowest OEM to push out Android updates, if at all, and some have taken it as a fact of life. The Netherlands' biggest consumer protection agency, however, says it shouldn't have to be and wants the country's courts to enforce that. The Dutch Consumentenbond just filed a lawsuit against the Korean OEM over its poor software update policy which it labels as unfair trade practice that leaves consumers vulnerable to security exploits and hacking attempts.

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Apple Watch Hermes edition available online January 22

Apple Watch Hermes edition available online January 22

If you've been saving up for that one big luxury smartwatch purchase but don't have the luck to be in one of 9 or so cities around the world, then your fortune might have just changed. Starting this Friday, January 22 to be exact, Apple and Hermes will be selling the luxurious fruits of their joint labpor on their respective online stores. Yes, the Apple Watch Hermes edition is launching online this weekend so that you can make your wrist both technologically up to date and glamorous. As long as you have the budget for it, of course.

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Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla's Gigafactory, the production complex that will ultimately make the batteries that the company needs for its electric vehicles, has been the focus of much sensationalism. First was the speculation, and even "bidding" on which state will host the factory. Then, when construction started, reporters were so intrigued that they would break the law just to get a scoop. Now the Gigafactory in Nevada might again be in the spotlight, but in a negative way, as Tesla is allegedly unable to fulfill its promise of generating more jobs and income for the state's citizens.

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