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Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

This month's Xbox One update is rolling out now, and with it comes a large roster of improvements, as well as some new features, among them being additional SmartGlass functionality and improved account security. Xbox One owners can head into the console's System menu under Settings to check if the update has rolled their way. If it hasn't yet, fret not -- we've got all the details you need to know, as well as a video showing off the most notable improvements and features, after the jump.

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Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know

Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know

When Google releases a new version of Android, it’s like a celebration for devices of all sorts. Your device might not get the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system in its entirety when it’s released, but you can bet that Google’s innovations in the software will trickle down to you eventually. What we’re doing today is checking out everything Google has in store for the Nexus line of smartphones - their babies. Their "this is what we want, ideally" devices.

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Now anyone can try Mailbox for Mac

Now anyone can try Mailbox for Mac

Remember Mailbox? The email app made headlines with its transition to Mac back in August as much for its highly-coveted invitation based beta as it did for its minimalistic approach to messages, echoing a similarly velvet-rope bounded release in 2013 for the iOS version. Now, though, the gates have been flung open for the Mac version just as they were for the iPhone and iPad apps, with the beta available for all.

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Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen says software glitch caused months of inaccurate data

Nielsen's television ratings for most of 2014 have been incorrect, it has been revealed, due to a software glitch that skewed some of its numbers. The news was revealed today by Nielsen itself, which said that an internal investigation was kicked off due to "irregularities" that came to light in recent weeks. A few days ago the source of those issues was uncovered: a so-called technical error that affected the ratings of national network television over the course of most of this year.

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Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Overnight the newest Material Design-friendly Google Play has come across the early release boards ready for installation. This app will be ready for download by most users on the newest versions of Android immediately if not soon. It’ll be coming with an extra-flat design consistent with the rest of Android L, the system you’ll be getting on the newest smartphones over the next year. Or on forward-thinking smartphones you’ve purchased over the past year that've promised an Android L update as you please, thank you.

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Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype took to its blog yesterday to introduce Skype for Mac 7.0 and a preview of the newest Skype for Windows version, both of which chiefly feature a redesign intended to further unified all the Skype products. The new design drags in design elements familiar to the mobile version, providing a more consistent Skyping experience regardless of which version you're using in the moment. This follows the Skype for Fire Phone version that rolled out this past summer for Amazon's new smartphone.

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Quip update ushers in spreadsheet integration

Quip update ushers in spreadsheet integration

Quip, for those unfamiliar, is a self-proclaimed "productivity suite" that spans across devices, allowing teams to share documents and messages, among other things. Businesses are one of its targeted user bases, and as of yesterday they now have another functionality available: spreadsheets integration. While a simple update, it expands the usefulness of the service greatly, especially for those users who need to share more than mere words. The feature is more convenient than attaching spreadsheets, and says Quip, it furthers the company's vision of having everything in a single place.

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Xbox One custom homescreen update conceptualized

Xbox One custom homescreen update conceptualized

Your homescreen, desktop, or whatever you want to call it on your Xbox One is about to become a whole lot brighter. According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft is working on allowing customizability in the user interface for Xbox One. This system would allow custom backgrounds, full themes, color changes, and more. While we’re not certain when this release will be, hearing it from Spencer himself leads us to believe that it’ll be a real-deal release in the near future.

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Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

The folks over at TiC Podcast spoke to Phil Spencer earlier today, and during the nearly 40 minute podcast they touched on a lot of topics, not the least of which is Xbox One custom backgrounds. During the talk, Spencer confirmed that such functionality will be coming to the console in due time, being joined by things like a screenshot feature and themes. When exactly they'll be arriving is still anyone's guess, but he confirmed that they are all in the works right now.

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