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Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is a cornerstone of the company’s move toward a more universal OS that spans screens. Whether it be phone, tablet, or desktop, we’ve seen Cortana become integral in Microsoft’s push forward. The company has also been making their other services like Office available to other platforms, like iOS. Now, it seems Microsoft is ready to take Cortana outside of the Windows platform as well. A new report says Microsoft will spin Cortana off into a standalone app, which they’ll make available for both iOS and Android.

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Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Smart mirrors, or mirrors that can display information such as weather, news, and whatnot, aren't exactly a novel idea. Some have even taken great pains to try and make this sci-fi dream a reality. That's not to say we won't be impressed once in a while by implementations, especially those that promise to hook up with devices that we already have in the house, or in our hands, or even our wrists. Redditor Nick Nothom did just that, with his own version of a smart mirror that connected with his Android Wear smartwatch.

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Here’s why you’ll want Android 5.1 on your Nexus 6 right now

Here’s why you’ll want Android 5.1 on your Nexus 6 right now

Just three days ago, Google announced the arrival of Android 5.1 and even highlighted some of the new feature for users. Although the Nexus devices are unsurprisingly first in line to get the update, roll out is equally unsurprisingly slow. That said, there is one huge reason why Nexus 6 owners might be excited to get the update, or even tempted to sideload it themselves, as soon as possible. Developer Francisco Franco reveals that more than just end user benefits, the update will significantly boost the performance and responsiveness of Google's first phablet.

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Moto E 2015 (2nd Gen) Review

Moto E 2015 (2nd Gen) Review

Motorola's 2nd gen Moto E comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, a 4.5-inch display, and is perfectly legit for the price it's being offered at. Is it the finest piece of hardware on the market today? Of course not. Is it meant to be? No way. Does the 2015 Moto E provide one of the most compelling value propositions for a smartphone in the world today? Absolutely it does. This is Motorola's continuation of their most successful smartphone-selling setup to date - inexpensive, yet not cheap - easily one of the best new smartphones for the price it's being offered at globally this year.

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Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Write once, deploy everywhere. It’s the dream for Developers — well, everywhere — but isn’t always as simple as it sounds. With so many screens and so many platforms, there typically has to be a lot of manipulation of an app to work in multiple places. Ahead of I/O, Google is laying out reason that might not always be the case, with a reference app that is usable on a smartphone, tablet, Android Auto, Android Wear, and usable with Google Cast — with a single codebase.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active specs leak

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active specs leak

One of the things that some Samsung Galaxy smartphone users want on their device is a waterproof body and ruggedized designed. When the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were unveiled, users who preferred the Active version of the previous generation S5 might have lamented the fact that there wasn't a rugged version of the S6.

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Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

After more than two years, Samsung is finally giving its Xcover line a chance in the market again. Now at its third generation, the line whose name is evokes images of toughness and protection, the smartphone gets up to date with the latest in industrial-friendly features. But if you expect the formidable sounding Xcover 3 would be Samsung's premiere rugged smartphone, you'd be greatly mistaken. This is no Galaxy S6 Active and, for all intents and purposes, is an incremental upgrade to 2013's Xcover 2.

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Evernote for Android gets sleek redesign

Evernote for Android gets sleek redesign

Evernote has pushed out a new design for its Android app, bringing it in line with Google's design guidelines for Lollipop by largely refining what it already offered. Not much has changed over the last design update, though Evernote says there's more to it than just the visual changes, and that "the thoughtful touches to these features" makes the overall Android note-taking experience better than before. Evernote went into details about the design change, talking about the motivation behind it and the best it has to offer users.

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HTC One E9 leaks suggest it’s no M9 ripoff

HTC One E9 leaks suggest it’s no M9 ripoff

When the HTC One M8 was launched, the company quickly pivoted their efforts to the mid-range market with the One E8. A plastic take on HTC’s metal flagship, the One E8 was basically a bargain One M8. It seems as though HTC is at it again, but is instead moving to branch the ‘One E’ family out. Pictures of a leaked HTC device, dubbed the One E9, have been making the rounds, along with some specs. This is no One M9 ripoff, though.

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Google enters watch face market with Street Art

Google enters watch face market with Street Art

The first Google-made downloadable set of Android Wear watch faces has been released this week. Aside from the faces that come with every Android Wear device, Google has been mum on creating their own watch faces for the Android Wear line thus far. This piece of software called "Street Art watch face" breaks that silence with a wide variety of super talented artists. Included in this crew are members of the Google Art Project: Aitch, Andre Fernandes Trindade, Cheko, DRAW, and of course Drawing Jesus.

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