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Microsoft confuses on Windows 10 phone upgrades

Microsoft confuses on Windows 10 phone upgrades

First came the good news: Windows 10 would be a free upgrade; now comes the small print, that not everybody is going to be eligible. After Microsoft surprised Windows fans earlier this week with the promise that not only would those running Windows 8 get an upgrade to the latest OS, but those on Windows 7 too, some of the goodwill sheen has been rubbed off after first Windows RT users and now some Lumia Windows Phone owners have been left uncertain whether they'll ever get Windows 10 on their devices.

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HTC Desire 626 gets it own set of leaks

HTC Desire 626 gets it own set of leaks

Though HTC is naturally putting its best foot forward with its upcoming HTC One M9, and the One M9 Plus too if you believe the rumors, it hasn't forgotten fans of its more affordable Desire line. Coming on the heels of other HTC rumors is the Desire 626, unambiguously a mid-range camper that is somewhat surprisingly running on a MediaTek chip, instead of the usual lower range Qualcomm lines. Don't let that fact discourage you, though, especially if you're an avid, or addicted, selfie taker.

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HTC One M9 Plus leaked with DuoCamera, fingerprint sensor

HTC One M9 Plus leaked with DuoCamera, fingerprint sensor

It seems that the HTC One M9, elsewhere called the Hima, won't be the only star of the Taiwanese manufacturer's show come MWC 2015. A new set of leaks are popping up, pointing to the existence of a particular Hima_Ultra, also known as the One M9 Plus. Now, while the name might hint at a larger variant of the One M9, the "plus" there might actually refer more to "plus features" rather than size, equipping it with some extras that the One M9 might not have.

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Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 continue to pile up, but the latest ones seem to be sending mixed messages to both fans and onlookers. The latest word on the rumor mill is that the next Samsung flagship won't be flaunting a high waterproof rating, unlike the Galaxy S5 before it. Instead, that feature will be bequeathed on what would be the Galaxy S6 Active, which will be seeing a return to the lineup this year and adding to the number of rumored Galaxy S6 variants.

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New iRig tools to make your music-making dreams come true

New iRig tools to make your music-making dreams come true

In the spirit of cramming an entire recording studio in your pocket or bag, IK Multimedia is unleashing a trio of new gadgets that will help you record and fine tune your masterpiece on the go. The iRig Mic Studio gives users a professional-grade large-diaphragm microphone in their hands, almost literally. The iRig UA, on the other hand, is the first guitar effects processor made for almost all recent Android devices. And the new iRig PowerBridge keeps both your iOS device and your iRig accessory powered up while you jam and record your tunes.

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VSN Mobil V.360 Camera Review

VSN Mobil V.360 Camera Review

The V.360 camera presents a fairly remarkable media-capturing proposition: the ability to capture panoramic (360-degree) videos or photographs with one tap. No stitching, no multiple-shot photography necessary. This system uses a mirror, instead, as well as a 4K/16 megapixel image sensor. You're using a fixed f/3.0 aperture here and you've got the ability to capture up to 6480 x 1080 HD video at 30FPS or up to 7-megapixel photos (that's 6480 x 1080 as well). What we're doing in this initial review is checking image and video quality - we'll be getting more hardcore in the near future.

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Windows 10 for phones coming in February for ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 for phones coming in February for ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 is meant as Microsoft’s bridge for all platforms. Rather than imagine the desktop differently from the tablet and/or phone, Microsoft wants to put all their digital eggs in one Windows basket. When will you be able to get your hands on the new Windows, though? That much we don’t know. What we do know is that Windows 10 for PC is coming out next week. then, in February (after the Super Bowl), Windows 10 for phones will be released to Developers.

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BlackBerry’s gold Passport sells out in short order

BlackBerry’s gold Passport sells out in short order

BlackBerry's Passport may be eye-catching for its unusually squat shape, but the Canadian firm is hoping to also make it notable for its unrelenting glamour with the new Limited Edition Black & Gold Passport. Revamping the metal trim around the square touchscreen and three-row QWERTY keyboard with a gold finish instead of the usual silver, the new version also gets a leather back-plate to coddle your palm. However, even if you're truly tempted you may be out of luck: you not only needed to come up with a fair amount of cash, but you needed to find it fast.

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New GE induction cooktops use swiping controls

New GE induction cooktops use swiping controls

Smartphones are permeating our lives and appliances in more ways than one. While things like cars, lamps, and thermostats are integrating smartphone features, some are taking inspiration from another angle. GE's next generation of inductions cooktops, for example, are said to be inspired by the ease of use of touchscreen interfaces prevalent in our smartphones. GE's new Glide Touch Controls lets users slide, sweep, or touch controls to their precise preferences, without worrying about knobs or getting the controls dirty permanently.

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