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Microsoft Hub Keyboard and Translator apps hit iOS

Microsoft Hub Keyboard and Translator apps hit iOS

iOS users have a pair of new Microsoft apps that they can check out that have landed on Apple devices a few months after they debuted on Android. The new apps include the Microsoft Hub Keyboard and Microsoft Translator. Hub Keyboard is an app from the Microsoft Garage project that is designed to help you work from your iOS device more quickly and easily.

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Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Newspapers cry foul over Brave browser’s ad scheme

Many who spend hours upon hours on the Web are probably acutely aware of the situation surrounding advertisements. Many of them might have even taken to using one of them so-called ad blockers. Ads are mostly considered nuisances at best, privacy liabilities at worst. But they also happen to be a legitimate and important source of income for many Web content publishers. The new Brave browser is taking a rather unconventional stance at fighting ads, mostly by replacing them with other ads. That, however, has irked not a few newspapers in the US who are practically labeling Brave's system as theft.

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BlueStacks TV livestreams Android games on Twitch without a phone

BlueStacks TV livestreams Android games on Twitch without a phone

Enjoying watching how other people play games, and enjoying showing other people how you play games, has become quite a phenomenon and a whole business unto itself. Livestreaming has, in fact, started to overflow into the mobile gaming industry, with the likes of Google trying to get into the game as well. Now BlueStacks, which lets you play Android games on PCs, is also jumping in. Bluestacks is launching BlueStacks TV, bringing Android livestreaming on Twitch to the PC. And you don't even need an Android phone to do so.

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Moleskine Smart Writing Set bridges analog and digital notes

Moleskine Smart Writing Set bridges analog and digital notes

Even in this digital age, the pen is still mightier than the sword. Case in point are devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Microsoft Surface, and the Apple iPad Pro that offer styluses for both drawing and writing. For avid note takers and scribblers, however, that's still a compromise that doesn't offer the unique qualities and feeling of putting physical pen on physical paper. Moleskine, whose entire empire depends on such physical products, is presenting a compromise from the other side of the fence: a Smart Writing Set that duplicates handwritten or handdrawn work on screen.

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Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

The Huawei P9 Plus smartphone is headed for many countries in the world this Spring. The United States is not one of them. Why might citizens of the USA want to get their hands on this device, provided a version were made that were able to work with carriers that cover this country? There are plenty of reasons, really - we're going to discuss just one. That "one" reason is the pair of camera lenses at the back of the device, the lot of which were co-engineered by the folks at Leica.

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Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

So you'd like to enable the brand new Encryption security WhatsApp has brought to the world today, do you? Lucky you, there's not a whole lot you're going to have to be doing. Thanks to WhatsApp's newest software update, the app and ecosystem now has end-to-end encryption automatically. According to the developers behind this app, "When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands."

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Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

At BUILD 2016 last week, the absence of any sort of focus or even mentions of Microsoft's own smartphone endeavors was noticeable. Some have seen it as the writing on the wall, which was practically reaffirmed when Windows chief Terry Myerson was quoted to have said that the company won't focus on Windows phones this year. Now even CEO Satya Nadella is putting the nail on the coffin, but with a slightly different twist. The head executive seems to be saying that Microsoft does have a mobile strategy, but that strategy involves not seeing mobile as something distinct at all.

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Kingdom Hearts mobile game coming to the US on 7th April

Kingdom Hearts mobile game coming to the US on 7th April

Last year at E3, Square Enix both surprised and perhaps briefly irked its fans. A good number were expecting the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3, which indeed happened later. However, Square Enix prefaced it with the revelation of a Kingdom Hearts mobile game, which misled some into believing that the company has betrayed them for a quick mobile buck. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, as it was finally revealed, was happily a completely different game for iOS and Android. Half a year after that title launched in Japan, Square Enix will be bringing it to North America this week.

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Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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Capcom creates mobile division, has four games in pipeline

Capcom creates mobile division, has four games in pipeline

Capcom has announced a reorganization within the company, establishing a new dedicated mobile business division tasked with bringing some of Capcom’s biggest properties to mobile. According to the company’s announcement, Capcom plans to “aggressively release titles utilizing its IP,” citing three brands in particular: Mega Man, Monster Hunter, and Sengoku BASARA.

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LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 camera WAR

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 camera WAR

Today we're taking the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 out for a ride to a few different photo spots - some inside, some outside. This is a very basic initial set of tests for the two devices, and we'll leave a lot of the decision-making to you. All of the photos have been captured with the LG G5 and Galaxy S7's basic camera app, utilizing their "Auto" settings right out of the box, as it were. Herein lies the first of several battles between the two.

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Cloud-based Windows 10 Action Center will also be on Android

Cloud-based Windows 10 Action Center will also be on Android

Microsoft has been teasing bits and pieces of what both Windows 10 users and developers can expect in the upcoming Anniversary Update, and one of them involves the often taken for granted notifications. Already a substantial improvement over the Windows 8 notification, the Action Center in Windows 10 is about to get a major facelift as well as functionality augmentations. In particular, cloud-based notifications will allow users to see and even dismiss notifications on any device. And yes, that does include Android as well.

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