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CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

The official OxygenOS for OnePlus "won't be a community build, it will be a real OS." So says OnePlus ROM team member Helen, an official member of said team. In return, the Android community has been none too kind to the creators of said operating system and said hardware. Cyanogenmod's own Steve Kondik suggested the following: "you can love CM or you can hate us, but we have no plans of taking our toys and going home." This is OnePlus after Cyanogenmod - and it's none too pretty.

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Windows 10 update for phones starting now

Windows 10 update for phones starting now

This morning Microsoft's Gabriel Aul made it official: the Technical Preview for Windows 10 for smartphones will be beginning today. Today is the day, at last, and finally - the button has been pressed, and the update is, indeed, happening. While we're not 100% certain of which devices will receive said update first, we have gotten some clues - if you purchased a phone in the past year from the higher end of Windows Phone, you may be in luck. Unless you have a Lumia 1520 or 1020, sadly.

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OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

In the wake of their odd breakup (or separation, or maybe they’re taking a break, who really knows) with Cyanogen, OnePlus announced they’d come to market with their own operating system. Quickly dubbed Oxygen OS, we were promised more details at a later date. Today is the day for more details, so what are we getting? A look at Oxygen OS’ logo, and a brief introduction to the team building it. If you were wondering how OnePlus was going to answer Cyanogen’s work on their hardware, the answer is Paranoid Android.

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Saints Row franchise gets hot: the spoiler interview

Saints Row franchise gets hot: the spoiler interview

This month we had the opportunity to have a chat with Jim Boone, Senior Producer for Deep Silver Volition, about the Saints Row game franchise. With both Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected out now, it was time we found out what was going on with this double-release, and where Saints Row was headed next. We began by speaking with Boone about the company's reasoning behind releasing a stand-alone expansion for Saints Row IV instead of developing a whole new "full sized" game.

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Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

If you want to edit photos like a pro, the term ‘Photoshop’ has become as synonymous with doing so as ‘Google’ is to searching the Internet for stuff. A new editor is on the horizon, though, and it’s pretty special. Affinity Photo is currently in beta, but packs a ton of Photoshop-y tools that pros and amateurs alike will find useful. It’s the same team behind another very useful Photoshop tool, Affinity Designer, and packs just as much punch for photo editing as Designer did for things like vector art.

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Google trades Drive GBs for Privacy Checks

Google trades Drive GBs for Privacy Checks

Safer Internet Day is today - did you know? Google wants you to know. They want so badly for you to know that they're giving you a permanent 2GB bump in your Google Drive storage plan just so long as you go through a Security Checkup by the 17th of February. That's 2GB of additional space for your Google Drive account for free, forever, just so long as you go in and do the check. Provided you've ever done this before, doing it now should be super easy.

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Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows Phone 10 or, as it's otherwise known, Windows 10 for phones, will be hitting the Technical Preview soon. Good news for those of you with the HTC One M8 for Windows, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1520 is that it would appear that the first line of devices to gain access to the Technical Preview will be - well - you. This won't be the exclusive list of devices to get the Windows 10 Technical Preview, of course - there'll be lower-end devices to get the update as well.

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Is iPad innovation dead?

Is iPad innovation dead?

Earlier today, something caught my attention. In a report on why the iPad might see a sales dip in 2015, an analyst cleverly shouldered Developers with blame for the iPad’s decline. Specifically, he claimed there weren’t enough good apps to compel potential customers to want an iPad. Is that true? Is the iPad in decline because Developers don’t create solid iPad experiences? Apple has created new foundations for iOS development, but are things like Metal and Swift proactive, or reactive? The answer: it’s complicated.

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Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

The Ubuntu device you're about to see goes by the name Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition, and it isn't going to be like your average iPhone or Android. Instead, so it's being presented by Canonical as, this device will make quick work of your day-to-day needs with "Scopes" - also known as cards. The first Ubuntu phone for the public will make use of this first market-ready version of Ubuntu for mobile devices and will pose the following question to the public: Do you really need apps in the first place?

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Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Recently the folks at Google's Play Music Chrome "Mini Player" extension released an update with a whole bunch of new permissions. While this would normally be a non-news sort of situation, it just so happens that the answer to the question "why does Play Music require all these permissions now?" turned out to be truly interesting. This question was answered by the Google Chrome extension developer team that created the Chrome app in a Reddit thread for Google on the subject at hand.

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