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Android Marshmallow update hitting budget phones before yours

Android Marshmallow update hitting budget phones before yours

Several Android One devices receive their update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in India, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Nepal. Supposing you have any one of several carrier-infused Android smartphones in your hand right this minute and are waiting for an update to Marshmallow, you may be interested to know that it's not only Nexus devices that'll be getting their software before you. This does not mean Google has betrayed you in any way, shape, or form. It means Google is making good on their promise to bring timely updates to devices - and not just the biggest and the best.

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

This week Microsoft became a computer company selling hardware - not just phones, not just tablets, but laptops, too. Today we're running down all the products we saw the company deliver to the public, including the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, a new Microsoft Band, and a couple of smartphones. Microsoft suggests that they're taking on Apple directly with these products - at least the Surface models vs Apple's laptops. Do they put their manufacturing where their mouth is, or do we need to wait to see how well the lot fares?

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Lumia fans have been a patient bunch, not entirely by choice, waiting on a new set of flagship phones. Despite Microsoft's various and vocal commitments to Windows 10 on smartphones, it hasn't given much outward sign of what hardware might have been in the pipeline. Today that all changed, of course, with the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950, which filled the gap in Microsoft's top end (as well as bringing along a low-cost model too, the Lumia 550).

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Surface Pro 4 revealed: 6th-gen Intel Core, glass trackpad, 12.3-inch display

Surface Pro 4 revealed: 6th-gen Intel Core, glass trackpad, 12.3-inch display

Playing Thunderstruck by AC/DC, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 4. This device works with a hybrid cooling system, a 12.3-inch display, and a fingerprint sensor. Microsoft suggested this morning that the device works with 1024 levels of pressure for the Surface's stylus, and that the device's keyboards have "better spacing." The cover - the keyboard cover, the non-keyboard cover - is also thinner. At 8.4mm thin, this is what Microsoft's Panos Panay suggests is the "thinnest most powerful Surface yet." With an Intel 6th Gen processor inside, we're inclined to agree.

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Lumia 950 and 950 XL detailed: Microsoft’s Windows 10 hero phones

Lumia 950 and 950 XL detailed: Microsoft’s Windows 10 hero phones

This week the folks at Microsoft revealed a couple of new smartphones for the Windows 10 generation. These devices were the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, both with very similar innards and outward aesthetics. The larger of these two devices works with a 5.7-inch display, while the smaller has a 5.2-inch display, and both use OLED technology. Both devices also have Microsoft's own "glance screen" technology ready to roll. Both devices also use the newest version of Microsoft's phone-based Windows 10 operating system.

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How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

Starting on the afternoon of Monday, the 5th of October, 2015, Android 6.0 Marshmallow began its OTA rollout. This means that smartphones Google has tapped to attain the update will be receiving notifications that their software is ready, and that they may download and load this software as fast as they do so please. As with all Android operating system updates, this software is coming to Google's own Nexus smartphones first and foremost. This pattern was only broken one time - that we can recall.

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Pepsi Perfect from Back to the Future is now a reality

Pepsi Perfect from Back to the Future is now a reality

On the 21st of October, 2015, Marty McFly arrived with Doc Brown to bring us all to the Hill Valley of the future. Today one of the most iconic bits of that future have arrived - Pepsi Perfect. Straight from the actual Pepsi company in collaboration with the folks behind the 30th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future, Pepsi Perfect will be delivered to fans for a an extremely limited time, and online only. Sort of. There are a few other odd places the limited-edition bottles will be tossed out.

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Philips Hue 2.0 supports HomeKit plus new 800 lumen bulbs

Philips Hue 2.0 supports HomeKit plus new 800 lumen bulbs

Philips' Hue smart lighting system is getting onboard with Apple HomeKit, with Hub 2.0 embracing third-party IoT protocols alongside a bevy of brighter bulbs. Compared to the original Hub, the second-gen model - along with being square now - has 500x more space and runs a full Linux OS. It's that which allows it to handle HomeKit interactions, using Siri to control the ZigBee-connected bulbs.

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