“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

Despite many hailing Siri to be exponentially better than Google's equivalent voice-controlled feature, it seems that Apple might be taking a few pages from Google Now's book in future iOS releases. Dubbed "Proactive", the initiative is tipped to turn iOS Spotlight, the lesser known search feature on mobile, into something that mimics and might even surpass Google Now's functionality on Android. This means more timely and relevant search results and information and even deep app indexing that will let users jump right into an app's particular screen or function.

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Facebook Messenger payments expand test market, bring improvements

Facebook Messenger payments expand test market, bring improvements

Facebook Messenger's mobile payment system is going to undergo an update, which aims to increase user-friendliness, removing any obstacles that are preventing users from opting for Messenger for their peer-to-peer payment needs. The service was first introduced to Messenger users in March, in select U.S. cities such as Portland, Seattle, and Austin. The update adds New York City to the roster. The app just announced its incoming changes on Wednesday.

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Mobile Payments heat up: Android Pay coming, Apple Pay growing

Mobile Payments heat up: Android Pay coming, Apple Pay growing

In less than a day, Google I/O will commence, and with it, the expected full announcement of Android Pay. A few weeks after that, Apple is also expected to reveal improvements to its own Apple Pay system. The mobile payment competition is about to get heated and the market even more crowded. But even with two, or three if you count Samsung, industry giants paving the way, analysts foresee substantial bumps in the road for the payment system that is sometimes described as a solution in search of a problem.

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Judge allows email scanning class action suit against Yahoo to proceed

Judge allows email scanning class action suit against Yahoo to proceed

Yesterday , U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled in San Jose, California that two class action suits have enough merit to be brought against Yahoo as classes instead of individual suits. These suits were initially brought against Yahoo in 2013, but only now were ordered eligible to proceed. The plaintiffs allege that Yahoo scanned the emails to Yahoo Mail users that were sent from non-Yahoo Mail account holders, for the purposes of creating "targeted advertising." Yahoo allegedly scanned attachments as well.

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Verizon starts LG G4 pre-order 28th May, G Pad X8.3 in tow

Verizon starts LG G4 pre-order 28th May, G Pad X8.3 in tow

The ball has started rolling for the LG G4's launch in the US, and, unsurprisingly, Verizon Wireless is one of the first on the scene. The carrier has just announced that starting May 28, with a shipping schedule that starts before June 4, when the smartphone will land in Verizon stores. Available from its newly revamped Edge program, Verizon is also throwing in some discount deals when you buy an LG G4, including an LG Watch Urbane or an LG G Pad X8.3, which also launches on May 28.

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GoPro has set its sights on drones and virtual reality

GoPro has set its sights on drones and virtual reality

GoPro, maker of the ever-popular little action cameras by the same name, has expanded its horizons a bit, or at least its vision of those future horizons. The company is eyeing both virtual reality and drones, GoPro’s CEO Nick Woodman revealed earlier today. The virtual reality aspect would be facilitated with something dubbed the Six-Camera Spherical Array, which is an accessory designed to hold six of the maker’s Hero 4 action cameras. The other project is a quadcopter said to be in the works. Unfortunately, precious few details about that particular project were revealed, though we can imagine it’ll include a nifty camera.

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Lenovo Cast: a puck-shaped Chromecast competitor

Lenovo Cast: a puck-shaped Chromecast competitor

There's the Chromecast (check out our review) and the litany of casting devices that have come in its wake, and now Lenovo can be counted among them. Today the company has taken the wraps off its new Lenovo Cast, a puck-shaped wireless hub compatible with just about any Miracast or DLNA device; it can be connected with any display that supports HDMI, as you'd expect, and serves to cast content from gadget to display.

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Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Microsoft has been working hard to expand its presence on devices, including its recent announcement of 20 additional Android device partners that will bundle the maker’s productivity apps. This evening as the Lenovo Tech World event kicks off, it has been announced Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software. By mixing the two, Cortana is able to facilitate more extensive access to data for Lenovo users, leveraging REACHit’s ability to hunt for data across a bunch of big-name cloud services and any Lenovo tablet/PC running Windows 10.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet gets a second-gen update

Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet gets a second-gen update

At the Lenovo Tech World event in Beijing, Lenovo has introduced the second-generation of its ThinkPad 10 tablet and the improvements it brings with it, including a ThinkPad Pen Pro and a new Folio keyboard. The tablet looks very similar -- though not identical -- to the first-generation version (check out our review of it), but stands out in all the ways needed to (hopefully) produce a sharper, better-abled upgrade for those who are ready for a next-gen device. We've a gallery after the jump!

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Ultra Street Fighter IV has a problematic PS4 launch

Ultra Street Fighter IV has a problematic PS4 launch

These days, games developers seem to have two options: delay a games release date until bugs have finally been fixed, or rush ahead with the release of a glitchy game. In Street Fighter, the timing of complex button-thrashing attacks can make the difference between landing a special attack and getting dropkicked to the curb. Ultra Street Fighter IV (USF4) has just been released for PS4, but fans are experiencing bugs ranging from display lag, to smeared visuals.

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