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Cortana apps include Facebook, Twitter, Skype

Cortana apps include Facebook, Twitter, Skype

Starting off with a bang is what Microsoft needed to do with their own long-awaited personal assistant Cortana. This week they’re making a rather grand effort in doing so, connecting this natural language assistant work with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and other apps right off the bat. Cortana has been revealed, as it were, at BUILD 2014, Microsoft’s developers convention.

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Galaxy S5 mini leak tips 4.5-inch Super AMOLED and Android 4.4 KitKat

Galaxy S5 mini leak tips 4.5-inch Super AMOLED and Android 4.4 KitKat

Specifications of a new smartphone have leaked on the web that Samsung will be launching in the future. The specifications are claimed to be for the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini SM-G800. Samsung commonly makes multiple version of its smartphone and this time out we have a smaller version of the popular Galaxy S5 that launched recently. Screen size on the Galaxy S5 is 5.1-inches of Super AMOLED glory.

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Google Maps Pokemon Challenge complete: spoilers show all 151

Google Maps Pokemon Challenge complete: spoilers show all 151

In one of the most addictive April Fools’ Day jokes we’ve seen in recent memory, Google released the Google Maps Pokemon Challenge this week. In this challenge, users are asked to search through the Google Maps app for iOS or Android to find Pokemon, capturing them with a tap. As each of these Pokemon appeared in the same location for each individual user, a crowd-sourced list was compiled.

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Apple “is great, but they don’t own everything” Samsung says as trial begins

Apple “is great, but they don’t own everything” Samsung says as trial begins

Apple and Samsung have begun their opening statements at the latest patent infringement case in San Jose, with Samsung already insisting that, while it respects its rival, it can't allow it to take responsibility for every innovation in mobile. The case, a return to the courtroom for the two behemoths after attempts at mediating a settlement failed earlier this year, sees Apple demanding $2bn from Samsung, or the equivalent of around $40 per handset.

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Google Ara could be a real-life Tricorder

Google Ara could be a real-life Tricorder

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone could well end up a real-life Tricorder of sorts, with medical uses for the customizable handset now on the agenda for the first Ara developers conference. Exactly which modules Google will offer for Ara - magnetically snapping into place on an underlying backplane - has not been detailed, though a new speaker addition to the inaugural developer event from MIT suggests it could be more than just extra batteries and different cameras.

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Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Microsoft is moving forward with some of the non-gaming elements they’ve found important to the Xbox One experience this week, starting with Xbox Video and Xbox SmartGlass for tablets and smartphones. Inside the Xbox Video universe, it comes down to one key update - the ability to leave off watching a movie on one device only to pick up on that movie on another. This system, excellent for the "marathon watcher", as they say, works with Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and through XboxVideo dot com starting this week.

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