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Windows 10 for pirated copies? Yes. For free? Maybe not

Windows 10 for pirated copies? Yes. For free? Maybe not

There has been a lot of talk lately about Windows 10, considering it will land in users' hands by Summer this year. One of the most talked about point, however, is the possibility that the upgrade might be available for pirated copies of older versions, particularly Windows XP. And they might even get it for free like other legitimate Windows owners. In a practice of perfect PR ambiguity, Microsoft has "clarified" its plans for owners of non-genuine Windows copies, but at the same time, leaves some of the important questions still unanswered.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Things are starting to heat up for Windows 10. Just this week, Microsoft has dropped word on various features and interesting tidbits to look forward to in the next major version of Windows. Free upgrades were promised, probably even for pirated copies of the OS, and a summer launch has been mentioned. But just because the upgrade will be free and available doesn't immediately mean your PC or smartphone will be able to get it without a hitch. Again in China, Redmond is sharing what it will take for your PC or mobile to get Windows 10 up and running.

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Motion Tennis arrives to turn your Android into a Wiimote

Motion Tennis arrives to turn your Android into a Wiimote

In 2013, Rolocule Games revealed its fancy new Rolomotion Technology that turned data from a smartphone's sensors into accurate gestures. Back then, it demonstrated this idea by turning an iPhone and AirPlay combo into a Wii-like tennis game. Last year, it did the same, only with an Android smartphone and a Chromecast. Fast-forward to today, the game developer is finally releasing the app to the public and for free! It is even promising an interesting new feature coming soon for Android fans in an upcoming update.

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Google X head: unmitigated hype helped kill Google Glass

Google X head: unmitigated hype helped kill Google Glass

Whether we like it or not, and some might actually do, Google Glass as we knew it is practically dead. Whether it comes back in the same form or, hopefully, a better one, only Google, and time, knows. But for now, we are left to ponder what went wrong. In Google Glass' case, it could have been and probably was a great many things and Astro Teller, who heads Google's experimental arm Google X, sheds light on one of those reasons: Google's very own, uncontrolled hype machine.

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Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

It seems that we might no longer need to rely on hacks or workarounds to get Android Wear devices to work with iPhones in the hopefully very near future. MohammadAG, developer of the popular Xposed Framework root mods (Android counterpart of iPhone's "jailbreak") revealed on Twitter that he stumbled upon something quite interesting in Android Wear 4.4W code. In it, he saw code named AncsHandler, referring to iOS' Apple Notification Center Service, which to him implies that Google itself might actually be working on bridging Android Wear and iOS already.

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Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

As repeatedly mentioned before, with the push for higher displays and CPUs on smartphones slowing down just a wee bit, attention is now being given to the last part of the system to catch up: storage. We are entering a period of not just faster flash memory for mobile devices but also growing densities. Samsung is now trying to pull up even those on lower rungs of the device tier by bringing out the highest density 128 GB eMMC 5.0 storage squarely marketed for mid-range devices.

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Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

It is understandable, at least to some, that Apple exercises strict control over its App Store. After all, that is how malware and low quality apps are quickly weeded out. Sometimes, however, Apple's own rules are quite obscure and mysterious, causing no small amount of anguish, or even monetary loss, for developers. That seems to be the case for Greg Gardner, developer of the once popular Launcher app for iOS 8, whose app was pulled from the App Store with very little explanation and has quite fortunately returned, but again with little explanation.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

Iconic Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer, who was first speculated to enter the smartwatch scene last September, might finally be announcing just that tomorrow. But its foray into the technology space might come at a price, both literally and figuratively. Considering that Switzerland does not have the capacity to produce smartwatch components just yet, TAG Heuer has no choice but to "outsource" that part of the product and process to a Silicon Valley partner that it will reveal on Thursday, which could mean that its first smartwatch won't proudly wear the phrase "Swiss Made".

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Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

The day when Android Wear smartwatches can work, depending on your definition of the word, with iPhones might soon be coming but, quite amusingly, neither Google nor Apple might have a direct hand in it. Continuing his rather impressive exploration of bridging the two worlds, developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has released another video showing how an Android Wear smartwatch, again a Moto 360 in this case, can be used not just to inform the user that he or she has a phone call, but can actually also take action right then and there.

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Nokia HERE improves transit info, no app update required

Nokia HERE improves transit info, no app update required

While Nokia will be largely remembered for its once glorious mobile and smartphone past, it is trying to forge a new image, and it might actually be successful in doing that. One of its latest, and so far its biggest, ventures is in the area of mapping, competing head on with the likes of Google Maps. But HERE Maps isn't a desperate attempt at relevancy. It is actually a formidable contender in this not yet crowded space. And its latest news just proves how much it can go even by itself.

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