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Windows 10 Mobile won’t get Edge browser extensions after all

Windows 10 Mobile won’t get Edge browser extensions after all

It seems that Windows 10 Mobile users are getting the short end of the stick as time passes, with Microsoft backing out from more promised, or at least planned, features every time. The latest casualty was Messaging Everywhere, which will instead become part of Skype's future features. Now it's the Microsoft Edge browser's turn. The company's roadmap for its browser extension feature now indicates that smartphones won't be supported, contrary to its previous status and hints dropped by the execs and employees.

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Acer R11, 2015 Chromebook Pixel now getting Google Play update

Acer R11, 2015 Chromebook Pixel now getting Google Play update

Last month, Google rolled out version 53 of Chrome OS in its developer channel that signaled the start of the promised Android app support for Chromebooks. Back then, the ASUS Chromebook Flip was the sole beneficiary of that update, just one of three promised Chromebooks to get support. Now it seems that the other two are finally getting their day. Although not yet official, multiple users are chiming in to gleefully share that their Acer R11 and Chromebook Pixel (2015) have just gotten an update that finally enables Google Play support for their devices.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked photos show off its curves

Galaxy Note 7 leaked photos show off its curves

Just a few hours ago we heard word from Korean media about how the Galaxy Note 7 could possibly be even thinner than ever before, thanks to a new display technology that Samsung has been working on. And now we're actually seeing pictures of what the Galaxy Note 7 is going to be, if the source is credible, of course. And though it may not be as thin as expected from a display with integrated touch controller, it definitely looks the part, thanks to its doubly curved edges.

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AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Back in April, BlackBerry, who tries really hard to always be up to date with the latest in Android, finally released an update that brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its one and so far only Android smartphone, the BlackBerry PRIV. That said, it also mentioned that carriers themselves will only be rolling out the update starting May 3rd. Unsurprisingly, few actually followed that schedule. Now two months later, AT&T is finally making that promise real by rolling out Marshmallow and all the goodies BlackBerry included in that update.

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iPhone 7 claimed to get a bigger battery than predecessors

iPhone 7 claimed to get a bigger battery than predecessors

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has had many leaks and controversies about its features, but one thing almost all of those have been rather silent about is its battery. That silence has just been broken, with a leak claiming that the iPhone 7 will indeed have a larger battery than the iPhone 6s before it. Although you would presume it to be a natural thing, given Apple's history, it just isn't so, making this definitely welcome news, or rumor rather.

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Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Despite Nokia ex-CEO Stephen Elop's boasts, the smartphone market has indeed become a two-horse race between Android and iOS. Of course, just because those two have pretty much cornered the mobile market doesn't mean there is no room for others, especially those that aren't aiming for world domination. At leat not yet. We're talking here about more unconventional, more "experimental" platforms like, say, Ubuntu Touch. Although already in the commercial market for more than a year, Ubuntu Touch's smartphone promise reaches its full potential in the more muscled Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition. But does this so far most powerful Ubuntu smartphone live up to the expectations it has set up for itself? It's time to buckle your seat belts and join us for another ride into the somewhat alien world of Ubuntu on Mobile.

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ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

Around this time last year, ZTE surprised the US smartphone market by launching its first ever high-end Axon smartphone first in the US even before it opened it up to the rest of the world. Today it's doing something similar with the ZTE Axon 7, though the US can't really call dibs on this one. Nonetheless, it is still a bold and definitely groundbreaking move in a market littered with iPhones and Samsungs, offering truly high end features at nearly half the price of bigger players.

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Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

While the likes of Ubuntu's Converence and Microsoft's Continuum promise to turn our mobile devices into PCs, there still exists a gap that needs to be filled to make that a reality. To be more specific, those promises don't exactly hold true when it comes to portability, as you need an external monitor, nor does it support one of the world's largest mobile platforms, Android. Superbook is an attempt to address that problem, with a plug and play device that lets you use your Android smartphone like a laptop, complete with a desktop interface and all the productivity that entails.

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Windows ransomware poser actually just deletes files

Windows ransomware poser actually just deletes files

There is a disturbing rise of malware of late, especially of the ransomware type, and no platform, not even macOS, is safe. Windows, of course, is notoriously easy to compromise, but it seems that some miscreants are willilng to go beyond orthodox ransomware tactics to make a quick buck. One such malware is being called Ranscam, which is a very apt name. While this malware does claim to have encrypted victims' files and hold them for ransom, in truth, it has already deleted those files and are simply trying to dupe those victims into paying to recover something that just isn't there anymore.

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Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

The term "PC" is hardly something anyone, especially Apple, would use to label its Mac computers. After all, it popularized the Mac vs PC ads. But for the sake of statistics and to show that everyone is affected by the PC slump, that is exactly what market analyst IDC did. Labels aside, IDC's figures do reveal how even Apple, whose Macs have traditionally done better even in the face of the PC market's decline, is having some number problems when it comes to shipments. Not exactly welcome news at a time when analysts are predicting continued slowdown of iPhone sales.

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Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Google just can't make it up its mind when it comes to its messaging services. It adds apps, removes features, merges, apps, removes features, and introduces duplicate features and apps. The latest example of that flip-flopping is with the Hangouts app on Android. Starting version 11, the app, which was initially a purely instant messaging app, will no longer show SMS and Hangouts messages in a single conversation. Before you sound the alarm, though, you can still send SMS from the app. They just won't take up the same space as Hangouts messages.

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Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google has finally taken the covers off its family library system for its Google Play services. In a nutshell, the system will make it easier for parents, guardians, or maybe even a group of friends, to share content purchased from the Google Play Store. They also share a single payment method, which might prove to be a headache in some cases. Of course, the feature does have the necessary controls to rein in the spending or to keep the wee ones from seeing some things they shouldn't really be seeing just yet.

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