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iPhone kill-switch gets theft kudos: Android and WinPho to follow

iPhone kill-switch gets theft kudos: Android and WinPho to follow

Android and Windows Phone will follow iOS' lead in adding a remote kill-switch to help make stolen phones less valuable to thieves, after technology included in Apple's iPhone was credited with "stunning effectiveness". Cases of stolen Apple products in New York fell 19-percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative pushing for the kill-switch tech, with even greater improvements in San Francisco and London.

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Here’s why Destiny is a winner post-Alpha

Here’s why Destiny is a winner post-Alpha

I can’t wait for Destiny to be released for all platforms. It’s developed on an in-house engine, looks like a combination of Star Wars* and Halo, and it sounds nice too. And it’s only the Alpha - it’s going to look and feel BETTER than this when it’s eventually released in full.

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Cortana on iOS or Android re-denied by Microsoft

Cortana on iOS or Android re-denied by Microsoft

This past week we saw a question and answer session with Microsoft which resulted in a slightly misunderstood bit of information being spread. As it turns out, Microsoft is not necessarily planning on releasing Cortana to any platform other than their own: Windows Phone and possibly Windows. Instead, Cortana needs to have a far more solid experience at home before any push beyond their borders, so says Microsoft.

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It’s time for a new breed of Notifications

It’s time for a new breed of Notifications

The digital world is hungry for your eyeballs, and the tools we have to manage and mitigate those potential distractions and filter through the most valuable information are looking increasingly inadequate. How many times has your smartphone buzzed or beeped in your pocket in the last five minutes? The demands on our attention are only going to get more frequent, and it’s time for a new breed of notification to address that.

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Microsoft exploring cross-platform Cortana potential

Microsoft exploring cross-platform Cortana potential

Microsoft is considering extending its Cortana from Windows Phone to other platforms like iOS and Android, as it explores the value of a more ubiquitous digital personal assistant. The voice-controlled interface, revealed as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 developers preview, uses a mixture of specific user requests and contextual data like calendar entries, previous browsing history, and location to make smartphones running Microsoft's OS more personable and useful.

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Xbox One update for July focuses on Achievements

Xbox One update for July focuses on Achievements

Inside the July software update for Xbox One you’ll find more than your fair share of updates surrounding Achievements. This update will be working with Snap Mode for Achievements, first and foremost, and will be bringing the pinning of Achievements while you’ve got them pinned for easy access. Following one Achievement has never been so easy to stare at.

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First Xbox One Kinect opt-out games confirmed for graphics boost

First Xbox One Kinect opt-out games confirmed for graphics boost

The first Xbox One games to benefit from ditching Kinect have been named, with both Destiny and Sunset Overdrive committed to using the extra GPU grunt to hit 1080p/30fps. Microsoft confirmed that, by giving developers access to hitherto-reserved system resources once earmarked for Kinect functionality, games could potentially see a 10-percent performance boost. However, it wasn't so easy as unplugging the sensor bar and seeing better quality graphics.

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