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Apple Watch software update coming with focus on security

Apple Watch software update coming with focus on security

Apple's first big software update to the Apple Watch is set to be released imminently. This update will include increased security, including a bit of software that'll notify a wearer if their iPhone or Apple Watch is too far away from the other. This feature already exists on Android Wear - and on a number of other devices through "tag" apps and hardware. Accidental leave-behinds will be a thing of the past, ideally. Additional widget-like features are coming to the Apple Watch as well, sooner than later.

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Latest Windows 10 build leaks online, reveals private browsing for Edge

Latest Windows 10 build leaks online, reveals private browsing for Edge

Microsoft's Windows 10 continues to move closer to release sometime this summer, and with it eager fans look forward to each build leak in order to get early looks at what's coming. The latest leak appears to be of build 10123, which was obtained by Chinese website ITHome. They have shared a handful of new screenshots for both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10, revealing tidbits like changing live tile colors, a 'Backup and Restore' feature, and private browsing for the new Edge browser.

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No free Windows 10 lunch for PC pirates

No free Windows 10 lunch for PC pirates

Microsoft's appetite to get Windows 10 on as many PCs as possible may have seen it extend an olive branch to those running stolen software, but it won't be a free lunch. The software giant surprised many earlier this year with its promise of a complimentary update in the first year; now, tackling the thorny issue of whether those running "non-genuine" prior versions of Windows will also get the free 10 upgrade, Microsoft's Terry Myerson has confirmed that it won't be so simple.

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Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Get Set Games receive the latest in a line of Unreal Dev Grants, a series of awards made by Epic Games for Unreal Engine developers. Just so long as a developer is developing their game with Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 and they've contacted Epic Games about the Unreal Dev Grant series (with some stipulations, obviously), they'll be eligible for a ton of cash. Get Set Games have been awarded $18,000 to continue developing their wild styled maniacal mobile game by the name of Mega Blast.

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Windows Phone 10 TP v.10080 for phones detailed

Windows Phone 10 TP v.10080 for phones detailed

The few and the proud Windows Phone users working with Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview have an update today. This update includes several boosts to services like Universal Office Apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. They also have updates to the Xbox app. If you have an Xbox One, you'll have plenty more services to access as of this afternoon. This update also brings on the Windows Store Beta for phones with a new visual design. There are new never-before-available apps on that new Windows Store Beta as well.

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Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Good news for Windows users who are also Candy Crush Saga addicts! Although, it's bad news for Windows users who value their productivity. Microsoft has just announced that when its latest operating system, Windows 10, launches later this year, it will have the free-to-play mega-hit game Candy Crush Saga preinstalled. The game will join other Microsoft classics Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts, giving users a wide ranging choice of either card games or brightly colored candy.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft reveals Hyperlapse, a desktop app, mobile app, and cloud tools suite made to make long videos shorter and smoother. This system is made primarily for video like what you might capture on a long bike ride. Or a skiing trip. Or on a tour through a museum. Speeding up a first-person walk through an environment can often result in a very bumpy, unwatchable video - Hyperlapse makes it all smooth. Microsoft is betting on this system for mobile devices, on a Pro version video editor for desktop, and on web tools presented with Windows Azure.

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Chrome extensions will only be available through web store

Chrome extensions will only be available through web store

As of early last year, and as first announced in late 2013, Chrome extensions had to be on the Chrome Web Store in order to be downloaded — for Windows users, that is. The move was an effort to improve security by preventing malicious extensions from being downloaded from some random web location and installed. Google says that it saw a lot of success with this, and so it will be extending its scope in the near future. In doing so, Chrome may be more secure for all.

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Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

One Minecraft mod summons thousands of fans with a "Predator-like" set of abilities in 148144 commands. This fellow by the name of Sliced Lime has presented a command block machine for Minecraft which allows the wearer's outfit to change color depending on the block nearest the wearer. The result is a camouflage suit the likes of which we've only otherwise seen in the light-bending Predator beast from the Predator film series. This mod is not (yet) part of the standard game build, but you certainly can try it for yourself if you wish.

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TripMode for OS X guards your mobile data usage

TripMode for OS X guards your mobile data usage

With the speeds you get on 4G LTE networks, it’s easy to forget to keep your data use in check while tethering. One thing turns into another, then you realize you’ve burned through half your data in a single day. There are mobile data alerts and limits that can be set on smartphones (though, of course, one might be using a dedicated hotspot device instead), but that's not ideal -- what's better is blocking unnecessary data use when needed, something TripMode for OS X does automatically.

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