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Periscope for Android missing: underscoring the iPhone problem

Periscope for Android missing: underscoring the iPhone problem

There are two ways to look at the situation with Twitter's re-launch of Periscope (for iPhone only). One is a show of power - such a massive number of people use the iPhone - any number of generations of iPhone - that Twitter will develop an app that launches on that platform first, and exclusively (for a short period of time.) The other way to look at the situation is that Twitter is ignoring the first-wave early adopter crowd with Periscope, the same way competing service Meekrat still has no Android service weeks after launch.

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Facebook F8 2015: here’s what happened on day one

Facebook F8 2015: here’s what happened on day one

Today the 2015 version of Facebook's developer conference, F8 2015 that is, started with notes on IoT, Messenger, and sharing videos. The unveiling of Facebook's near future really started earlier this week with rumor that Facebook Messenger would become a platform and some keen dialer testing. Facebook also suggested (again, earlier this week) that they wanted to host the news, not just link to it. Facebook's "On This Day" also started off with a bang in-line. All came to fruition this morning in California.

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Kano OS made free for Raspberry Pi 2

Kano OS made free for Raspberry Pi 2

To quicken the development of Kano OS and its innards, the team behind the creation of the "fast, fun, friendly OS" have made it free to Raspberry Pi 2. This software works with games, web browsing, a video app, and lots of tools for software development. This system comes with a toolset of utilities for Raspberry Pi and the OS itself and is aimed at developers - though you could very well make your own tiny console with it if you do so wish.

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Windows 10 tipped to support 8K resolution

Windows 10 tipped to support 8K resolution

Most of us still have 1080p TVs and computer monitors in our homes and have yet to step up to a 4K TV or monitor. Many are holding off on stepping up to higher resolution screens until the prices come down. Word has surfaced that when Windows 10 launches, Microsoft's operating system will be ready for displaying content at higher resolution than 4K.

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Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Android has a reputation for having a more open platform and ecosystem than, say, iOS, but, sadly, it is probably also notorious for sometimes being too open to malware as well. Of course, like any other software, it has its own fair share of vulnerabilities, but given its popularity and reach, sometimes those can be quite frightening. Take for example this "Android Installer Hijacking" technique that hails back from 2014, which could install malware on a user's Android device, naturally without the user being aware of it.

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Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

A benefit of owning a Tesla — aside from being an early adopter in a pretty cool company — is their update cycle. Unlike the car the rest of us own, Tesla updates their automobiles over-the-air, and it’s not just to change the clock for daylight savings. Tesla usually brings significant updates to their cars, and yesterday was no different. Plenty of cool new changes are incoming for Tesla owners, and if you happened to miss it — here’s a tidy little recap for you.

 

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Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

There's a lot to like about Windows 10, with one very big exception: its icon sets. For many, the first glimpse at the icons produced a sort of visceral disgust. The design had regressed notably, with some likening it to Windows XP-level quality, except worse because they were paired with Windows 10's otherwise beautiful design. Users were quick to voice their harsh criticism about the icons, so much so that Microsoft has pushed out some revised versions about which it is actively seeking feedback. The problem is that they're not much better.

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New Windows 10 build sees Cortana explode

New Windows 10 build sees Cortana explode

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Build 10041, the company has announced. The latest preview build brings with it some bug fixes and some new features, and is available to those who have been trying out Windows 10 through Windows Update. Before you get your hopes up, don't: Spartan isn't included with this build. Good news comes in particular for those in certain markets around the globe, however, with Cortana expanding on desktop to include China and various regions in Europe.

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Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

There's a game going on right now - one made by Google, taking place all around you. This game uses augmented reality, books, the web, and professional actors to create a multi-level, multi-platform experience the likes of which we've never seen before. The only game that's come before that's anything like this is Ingress - and in fact this newest piece of the puzzle is built on the Ingress engine. This game goes by the name "Endgame: Proving Ground" - and it's underway right this minute.

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Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Virtual, personal assistants seem to be the rave these days on mobile, from the big ones like Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and most recently BlackBerry Assistant, to the little known apps and services scattered throughout app markets. So it isn't surprising that we're hearing about another one called Sirius, a not so subtle play on Siri perhaps, but this software, and we can't call it product yet, hailing from the University of Michigan is a bit different. For one, it is open source software. And quite surprisingly, it has the financial support of Google.

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