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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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Apple’s Activity app appears in iOS 8.2 when Apple Watch is paired

Apple’s Activity app appears in iOS 8.2 when Apple Watch is paired

Earlier this week on Monday, Apple dropped iOS 8.2 for the iPhone and iPad, and now as the business week comes to a close one developer has discovered a bit about the Activity app in particular, which he says shows up on the mobile's homescreen after the user has paired an Apple Watch. From there, one must use the Apple Watch to set the app's features, after which point it unlocks on the phone. He revealed the info in a tweet.

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Carrier apps appear in Nexus 6: no surprise

Carrier apps appear in Nexus 6: no surprise

Just as Google said they would, Verizon apps have appeared on the Nexus 6 after the device's update to Android 5.1. As it was foretold at the dawn of Android 5.0 Lollipop, so it has come to pass: Nexus devices with carrier apps onboard. Just like it was in the past. Just as it shall be in the future. While these apps will not be kept by some users, most never see them - and some will expect that they'd been there all along, as all Verizon phones have similar apps.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Supposing you've got a Nexus device in your possession, you know the thrill of getting an Android update. Not just any Android update, one that brings a full extra digit to the tens spot after the five. This isn't a new desert - it's a .1 for your Lollipop. Google has begun posting Android 5.1 Factory Images for Nexus devices of all sorts this week, and that includes Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, too. While we've not yet seen the Nexus 9 appear on this list, nor the Nexus 4, we'll expect at least one of the two to pop up soon.

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Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

While we're sure there'll be more than a few appearances by this miscreant before the day is through, first Jason hits Mortal Kombat X. In just about the most appropriate place for him to be - other than in a horror game that never was - here Mr. Voorhees will be murdering his opponents in a side-scrolling person-vs-person fighter environment just like his hell-bound predecessor. What's that? There was another cult classic horror film appearance in Mortal Kombat before? Of course there was!

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Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

NPD Group's numbers are in from last month, and it shows overall strong sales in the gaming industry, with February having an 8-percent year-on-year increase. Sales for both hardware and games hit $955.6 million, with $378.2 million of that coming solely from hardware sales (a year-on-year 10-percent increase). Though software sales weren't quite that high, there was a 7-percent year-on-year increase with $338.9 million coming in. It was an overall good month for the industry, particularly Nintendo which saw high console and software sales.

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Netflix Hack Day: double log-in, Nintendo, and Earth

Netflix Hack Day: double log-in, Nintendo, and Earth

So you like hacking - and you like Netflix. Perhaps you'd enjoy watching House of Cards season 3 on your Nintendo Entertainment System? Lucky you, someone has figure out how to do such a thing, and they've posted a demonstration of this system this week. Straight from the Netflix Hack Day (Winter Season 2015), comes DarNES, a system that's relatively unmodified (hardware-wise), complete with Netflix. This system works - it plays video, scrolls through the UI, and accesses the internet.

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Google enters watch face market with Street Art

Google enters watch face market with Street Art

The first Google-made downloadable set of Android Wear watch faces has been released this week. Aside from the faces that come with every Android Wear device, Google has been mum on creating their own watch faces for the Android Wear line thus far. This piece of software called "Street Art watch face" breaks that silence with a wide variety of super talented artists. Included in this crew are members of the Google Art Project: Aitch, Andre Fernandes Trindade, Cheko, DRAW, and of course Drawing Jesus.

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