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Microsoft HoloLens release soon: spark for a platform

Microsoft HoloLens release soon: spark for a platform

Detailing the inner bits of Microsoft HoloLens isn't going to be especially easy in the next few weeks. Not unless Microsoft makes a big showing during GDC 2015. But what we've found out since we first (officially) heard about Windows Holographic from Microsoft this week is that the final product may be closer than we originally suspected. While NASA's JPL Labs suggest they'll be using HoloLens by July of this year, we'd suspected there was no way they'd be bringing a consumer model to the public any time soon.

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Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Xiaomi is attempting what Apple and Google have only dreamed of

Today it became clear what it was, exactly, China-based smart device company Xiaomi was getting at when they started releasing devices outside of the mobile smartphone ecosystem. We're not just talking tablets here, we're talking TV boxes, smart TVs, smart bands, and an air purifier. The Xiaomi air purifier was revealed earlier this year as a bit of a shock to outside parties - what was a smartphone company doing releasing a home product? They've got big plans for China - that's what's up - and they don't plan on stopping with the devices that fit in your pocket or your backpack.

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It’s time to hit reset – not delete – on Google Glass

It’s time to hit reset – not delete – on Google Glass

Farewell, Explorers. Goodbye, Glass. Google's decision to spin out its controversial wearable into a standalone business was instantly portrayed by many as the often-predicted death of the headset, but the reality is less clear-cut. Glass' struggles saw early enthusiasm sour when questions around privacy and usefulness collided head-on with anti-ostentatious-geek sentiment, and the "face computer" never managed to restore its reputation. While the temptation may be to hit delete on the whole saga, I'd argue a Glass reboot with far greater focus on how head-worn wearables might fit into our daily lives would be a far more rewarding strategy.

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Project Ara has a lot to prove

Project Ara has a lot to prove

The geek within me loves Project Ara. Interchangeable modules that snick into a brushed aluminum frame and turn your smartphone into a pseudo-DSLR or a Tricorder: what's not to like? Google's ATAP team demonstrated the latest prototype - and detailed its flaws and future improvements - at Ara's second developer event yesterday, inviting module-minded partners on stage to discuss exactly what the flexible phone could become with a little imagination. Ambitious, certainly, but while many (myself included) left the event impressed by Regina Dugan and her intriguing handset, that enthusiasm was tempered with concern over whether the real-world would be so welcoming.

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The one CES Apple might not win

The one CES Apple might not win

In just a few days we begin again with the year's biggest US-based technology conference: CES 2015. Over the past several years, it's been almost a tradition for news outlets to suggest that Apple was either alive and well at CES or in some way or another "winning" the crowd over without actually, physically being at the event series to represent themselves. As far as we know. This year is a little different. This year is the first in which Apple has a new product announced before CES but won't be releasing it until later this year.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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Internet Explorer may need to die

Internet Explorer may need to die

Over the past decade, the decline in popularity of Internet Explorer took place in a big way because of the rise of competition. The last big release of Internet Explorer was with Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 6 is dead, at long last, but the ill effects of this extremely buggy browser are still in full effect today. Is it time for Microsoft to ditch the brand and move on? A tip earlier today suggested that Microsoft's new browser brand may be called Spartan - another Halo brand like Cortana for a full Halo family.

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Would Sega Be More Successful Today Than Nintendo in Consoles?

Would Sega Be More Successful Today Than Nintendo in Consoles?

It’s hard to imagine a world without Nintendo, but many years ago, it could have happened if things went differently. I just finished reading an outstanding book by Blake J. Harris, called "Console Wars." The book tells the tale of the battle for dominance in gaming between Sega and Nintendo and in the early-1990s and discusses how the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) took on the Sega Genesis. Much of the story tells the tale of Sega’s growth in the US and Nintendo’s shock at losing massive amounts of market share. But it also talks about Sega’s issues and briefly touches on the company’s eventual downfall in hardware.

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You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a Q&A session last night in which he spoke about Facebook's missing "Dislike" button. We've got the thumbs up, but we don't have the thumbs down. He took a stab at a question about this feature this week because it the Like button is "an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone in an important moment that someone put themselves out there to share." The Dislike button, on the other hand, wouldn't exactly be an addition made without risks.

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Facebook Search Update: use it before it uses you

Facebook Search Update: use it before it uses you

This week the folks responsible for the search algorithms under the surface of Facebook have made a big update. They're rolling this Search Update out to desktop users throughout the week, and iPhone and iPad users will see it before the end of the week in an app update - Android has not yet been mentioned. What you need to know about this update depends on what kind of a Facebook user you are. Do I get embarrassed easily by old photos? This is the first question you must ask yourself.

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