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Microsoft snubs its own Windows Phones users again this year

Microsoft snubs its own Windows Phones users again this year

"Windows phones are not our focus this year." That's one statement you will most likely dread to hear if you have, in any way, invested in the promise of Microsoft's mobile platforms, whether as a user or as a developer. And no, it isn't an April Fools joke either. That was more or less the message that Windows chief Terry Myerson left The Verge, unambiguously saying that the company's developer focus is anywhere but on Windows Phone. Then again, if you're a long-time Windows Phone follower, you might already be used to the second rate citizen treatment.

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Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

This morning we've received further confirmation that the AR game Pokemon GO will work with Google's VR headsets. At first, this will mean that smartphone users who have a Google Cardboard headset will be able to place the headset on and see Pokemon in their real-world environment in an Augmented Reality setting. We'd been told by sources close to the project (who wished to remain anonymous) that the game was being tested by Google/The Pokemon Company with virtual reality/augmented reality abilities. Now we've seen the code.

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Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Google has a face-swap app that goes by the name Lip Swap. It's terrifying. You're going to need to have a peek at it if you're going to understand the horror and the glee that comes with trying it out. This app was born of the same glorious experimental minds that brought you today's Inside Abbey Road Google Cardboard release, allowing you to tour the legendary sound studio. This is not like that.

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Let’s See: Google VR brings us to Abbey Road

Let’s See: Google VR brings us to Abbey Road

This week Google has re-launched a visit to the infamous recording studio Abbey Road - this time in virtual reality. The original website for the visit to the recording studio made extra-famous by The Beatles showed views inside and out using Google's Street View cameras. Now they've gone ahead and released the whole business in an app made specifically for Google Cardboard. That means you'll be able to get in with an even more convincing trick of the eyes and the mind.

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Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

BlackBerry users with devices other than the Android-powered Priv are used to bad news when it comes to their platform of choice, but they were hit extra hard earlier this month when Facebook announced it was dropping support for its native app on the BlackBerry 10 OS, pulling its WhatsApp messaging service as well. What with Facebook being the most important website to hundreds of millions of people, it's easy to understand why BlackBerry users would be upset.

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BlackBerry Priv spotted running Android 6.0 Marshmallow

BlackBerry Priv spotted running Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Considering its commitment to security, it is sort of expected that BlackBerry would stick to its promised regular monthly security updates for its so far only Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv. Other than that, however, the company has been rather silent when it comes to other major Android updates. Yes, we're talking about the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With the still unnamed Android N due to rear its head in the next few months, users are perhaps wondering when they'll get the latest Android, if at all. If this video is any indication, it will be "really soon now".

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iPhone SE teardown reveals four generations of hardware

iPhone SE teardown reveals four generations of hardware

The iPhone SE is already known to be an iPhone 6s in iPhone 5s clothing. What hasn't exactly been known is how much of Apple's smallest but latest smartphone is indeed composed of those more recent and more powerful pieces. Only a teardown can provide such insight and thanks to Chipworks, we now do. Thanks to the group, we are getting the first official look inside the iPhone SE, which apparently hides a few interesting surprises as far the the silicon is concerned.

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Jason Statham punches, dances, dresses in full LG G5 commercial

Jason Statham punches, dances, dresses in full LG G5 commercial

The name Jason Statham perhaps evokes images of near impossible fight scenes, high-speed car chases, and a bald head. Mr. Transporter himself shatters all those preconceived notions in the full version of LG's TV spot for the LG G5. The video is just half a minute long but that's probably more than enough to delight, entertain, or unsettle some people. And perhaps that's the message LG wants to get across about its latest flagship smartphone, always ready to play dress up and be whatever you want or feel like you want it to be.

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LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

I spend a lot of time on the road in my role as an automotive journalist, and that means I'm always on the lookout for versatile tools that allow me to capture as much of a given experience as possible without taking up a huge amount of space in my luggage. Until recently the demands of video and photography have compelled me to juggle a variety of cameras and recorders to make sure I can not only snap in-the-moment pics for social media and online sharing but also grab more composed shots suitable for publication.

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No joke: Xiaomi just announced a smart rice cooker

No joke: Xiaomi just announced a smart rice cooker

Xiaomi is often cited as the Apple of China, at least in terms of magical sales numbers. But whereas Apple keeps its device types to a minimum, Xiaomi is diversifying its products to who knows where. Beyond the usual culprits of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and power banks, Xiaomi also has a smart air purifier and, soon, even a smart bicycle. But before the latter takes flesh, Xiaomi first announced something a bit more down to earth, more homely, in the form of a Smart Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker.

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HTC 10 capacitive buttons confirmed, specs seen on GFXBench

HTC 10 capacitive buttons confirmed, specs seen on GFXBench

Leaks and rumors have become more or less a fact of life in some industries, like the showbiz and, of course, the mobile device sector. Sometimes, however, there are just some leaks that might be so bad that you wished they weren't true. And then the product's creator comes along to confirm it. That seems to be the case with the HTC 10, where the OEM's latest teaser on Twitter confirmed the "feature" that is probably the most divisive so far: the return of capacitive navigation buttons.

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LG G5 launch date starts March 31 for Korea, April 1 for US

LG G5 launch date starts March 31 for Korea, April 1 for US

LG is unsurprisingly hyped to get its 2016 flagship into the hands of customers worldwide. After bidding its time, seeing Samsung and Apple make a ton of headlines and sales, it's time for its LG G5 to take center stage. Hopefully with the same amount of fanfare and sales as well. Starting March 31, the somewhat modular smartphone will be available in South Korea. The next day, April 1, the LG G5 will ship in the US, and that's no joke. Of course accompanying it will be the "Friends" that make the G5 a bit more exciting.

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