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Wink smart home hubs bricked by software update [Update]

Wink smart home hubs bricked by software update [Update]

Saturday was not a good day for owners of the Wink Hub, a smart home device that allows users to control a range of home appliances with their smartphone. Of course, Wink owners are probably already aware of this, what with not being able to turn off the lights, open the garage door, adjust the thermostat, etc. See, Wink issued a new software update that, as the company puts it, made their box "so secure that it is unable to connect to the Wink servers." All of the hubs that received the update were then offline for a majority of the day.

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Google makes the most of touch with “Games You Can Feel”

Google makes the most of touch with “Games You Can Feel”

This afternoon Google has revealed a new category for special haptic feedback-friendly games on Google Play. Inside the app store you'll find a small set of games with touch feedback, this creating the first-ever collection of this sort of games in the history of games. This section is called "Games you can feel," and it's live now. It's a tiny launch, as it were, but it's here - and it has Google working in direct collaboration with the folks at haptic technology group Immersion.

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Halo sort of released for iPhone and iPad

Halo sort of released for iPhone and iPad

Two different Halo games have been released by Microsoft to the iOS device ecosystem this week. The first is Halo: Spartan Assault, a top-down action battle sort of game - the other is... another game with nearly the same title and almost identical gameplay. That'll be Halo: Spartan Strike. Both games include 30 levels of gameplay and have the same price point. Note - if you will - that these aren't the same sort of game that you'll be playing in first person on your Xbox One - they're a completely different sort of Halo.

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One Google trick every forgetful Android user should remember

One Google trick every forgetful Android user should remember

Today we're having a look at a bit of functionality hidden in Google's Android ecosystem. This piece of work is aimed at helping forgetful smartphone users keep track of their devices, and it does so through Google Search. Inside Google Search, you can now type a variety of different terms that add up to the same result. Start with "Where is my phone?" and see what it gets you. Go on, do it now! See if it finds your phone straight away.

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Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

If you're trying to lure in new connections on Tinder, hawking your life through carefully filtered and selectively framed Instagram photos is one way to do that. The service hasn't been entirely friendly toward Instagram, however, in that it didn't offer support for such and users would have to put a link to their Instagram profile in their Tinder profile. Users requested a bit more than that, though, and Tinder has decided to listen, adding an option to embedded your Instagram photos directly in your Tinder profile for all to see.

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Google Handwriting Input app revealed

Google Handwriting Input app revealed

A new keyboard has been revealed by Google for Android - one that's not really a keyboard at all. This app is the "Google Handwriting Input" interface, and with it, you'll be able to write to your heart's content. Inside you'll find a very simple interface, one where you write words with your finger (or your pen-like device) and let Google figure out what you've written. Suggestions appear above the space you write. Simple as that. But what might this app be made for, in the long run? Surely not just smartphones and tablets.

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Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6: not the real war

Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6: not the real war

Welcome to the battle Huawei would love for you to be placing under consideration: Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6. Of course that's not a set of phones you'll be considering battling one another, not least of all because the Huawei P8 won't be doing its initial launch in the United States. Instead - if you're really in the market for a new phone, you'll be considering your ecosystem and the one element in a smartphone that you'll probably use more than any other - the camera. ...or the display, of course - the thing you actually use more than anything else.

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Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Skype is officially entering the business world with Microsoft's new platform Skype for Business (SfB). Skype has made some great strides recently. Last week, updates for the original platform included modernizing its Skype Translator tool by adding Mandarin and Italian to its repertoire of languages. Microsoft's latest offering SfB is a completely separate system and is aims to take inter-office communication to the next level. Skype for Business will allow users to conference with up to 250 people. If your clients aren't using the new platform yet, the new conferencing system will be able to connect you with anyone using a phone or Internet connection.

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Kaspersky tool decrypts files locked by ransomware

Kaspersky tool decrypts files locked by ransomware

Kaspersky is a security company that has teamed up with the Dutch police National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to offer a tool with the goal of unencrypting files that are encrypted by ransomware. The free tool will unlock files that are encrypted by the ransomware CoinVault. CoinVault is a piece of software that has been going around since November of last year.

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