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Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

If there is one thing Android users might get jealous of their Windows Phone counterparts, it would be this. Microsoft will practically be taking charge of all Windows 10 updates on all devices. And yes, that includes mobile phones. This means, in theory, that it will no longer matter what device you're on or what carrier you're subscribed to. You will get those updates more or less at the same time as anyone else, no excuses. In practice, however, it remains to be seen if Microsoft can pull this off.

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Facebook Messenger platform’s next target: games

Facebook Messenger platform’s next target: games

We should have seen this coming a mile away. After all, it seems to be the trend with popular instant messengers these days anyway. Facebook is said to be now eying adding the power of games to its Messenger service, leveraging the nascent platform announced barely two months ago. But while the move may sound like a no-brainer in retrospect, Facebook's motivations might be somewhat different, driven instead by reports that its Messenger Platform as a whole is starting to become a slow-moving flop.

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LG G4 Stylus, G4c: G4 in name, mid-range in nature

LG G4 Stylus, G4c: G4 in name, mid-range in nature

Like before, LG is going to squeeze out every bit that it can from a winning name. Just as the LG G3 last year had almost half a dozen devices bearing its name, none of which even comes close to the flagship's specs, so to the LG G4. Although it already has an LG G Stylo, LG is announcing a rebrand of the stylus-bearing smartphone named, of course, the G4 Stylus. And the LG G4c we saw leaked last week is also now official. Both squarely aimed at the mid-range market.

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Sony event in India could be for the Xperia Z4

Sony event in India could be for the Xperia Z4

If the stars align, we might actually get to see the Sony Xperia Z4, as it is known in Japan, head outside the Land of the Rising Sun, contrary to earlier assurances that the weird device is a Japan-only affair. Sony sent out invitations in India for an event dated May 26, and although the aquatic theme of the invite suggests the Xperia M4 Aqua, there are whispers that it might actually be intended for the start of the global launch of the Xperia Z4 instead.

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AT&T’s LG Escape2 is the LG Spirit in spirit

AT&T’s LG Escape2 is the LG Spirit in spirit

Some carriers tend to rename their versions of a particular device, perhaps just to set it apart from the competition. That seems to be the case here with the AT&T LG Escape2. Yes, there is no whitespace in between the "Escape" and the "2". In many aspects, the Escape2 is pretty similar to the LG Spirit launched just last March. That, however, doesn't mean that the Escape2 won't be interesting, especially for a mid-range LG smartphone that is coming on the heels of the LG G4.

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NASA greenlights SpaceX’s Falcon 9 for less risky missions

NASA greenlights SpaceX’s Falcon 9 for less risky missions

It may have so far failed at the promise of a reusable space rocket, but things are still looking good for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. While it won't be carrying humans any time soon, it has at least been certified by NASA for Category 2 space missions. These missions are described as "medium risk", as they only involve carrying satellites and less critical and less expensive cargo. It may not be the Category 3 that SpaceX ultimately wants, but it's still a big step forward in boosting credibility and clout.

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Dell Inspiron Micro puts Windows, Bay Trail in a tiny box

Dell Inspiron Micro puts Windows, Bay Trail in a tiny box

It's amusing to see how desktop computing is becoming smaller and smaller while remaining capable enough for majority of our menial and office-related tasks. Maybe even a bit of multimedia on the side.While mini computers have so far been the territory of lesser known players in the industry, some of the big names are starting to also show their smaller wares. Like Dell's new line of Inspion Micro desktops, designed to sit inconspicuously on your desk while letting you get things done without cluttering up your physical workspace too much.

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Fujifilm announces X-T10 with new AF system, high speed EVF

Fujifilm announces X-T10 with new AF system, high speed EVF

As expected, Fujifilm has finally revealed the latest member in its long line of X-series interchangeable lens cameras. And as expected, the new X-T10 is pretty much a minor upgrade from last year's X-T1. That said, if you're a digital photography enthusiast who's still in the market for a lightweight companion, Fujifilm wants you to direct your gaze to the X-T10 host of features, which include a new 77-point AF system and an electronic real time view finder with an almost unnoticeable small 0.005 second lag.

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Steve Jobs trailer now out, Fassbender looking classy

Steve Jobs trailer now out, Fassbender looking classy

There will probably never be a shortage of films about Steve Jobs. The life of the man who revolutionized the computing industry is just chock full of anecdotes, mystery, and sometimes even contradiction, depending on who you ask. In this latest biopic, it was Walter Isaacson who was asked, having penned the simply named "Jobs" biography. Similarly simply named "Steve Jobs", the film will star Michael Fassbender as the eponymous luminary, surrounded by a star-studded cast that is sure to make you curious if this will be The Jobs biopic at long last.

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LG G4 begins its global journey

LG G4 begins its global journey

If you've been on the edge of your seats waiting for LG's flagship to finally land on the market, then the wait is over for you. Somewhat. The Korean OEM has just signaled the start of the rollout of the LG G4 in "key markets" around the world. That said, it hasn't given exact dates or even prices, especially for the US. It also doesn't seem to be prioritizing the usual countries were big players make a big splash, giving way, instead, to those in emerging markets first.

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