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Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10 users in Microsoft's Insider program are used to testing out the operating system's newest updates via test builds, and the latest includes a feature that was missing from the recent Creators Update. Called My People, the feature acts as a shortcut to users' most frequent contacts, allowing quick access to messaging and file sharing options. My People get pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar, making the selected contacts just a click away.

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Orange is the New Black season 5 stolen by hackers, leaked online

Orange is the New Black season 5 stolen by hackers, leaked online

The upcoming fifth season of the show Orange is the New Black isn't due to premiere on Netflix until June 9th, but most of the episodes have already been leaked online. A hacker by the name of "TheDarkOverlord" has taken responsibility for the leak, claiming to have stolen the episodes from a third-party production vendor. The first episode appeared online early Saturday, with the following nine released to torrent sites shortly after when ransom demands failed to be met.

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Amazon is killing off its Underground Android app marketplace

Amazon is killing off its Underground Android app marketplace

Some Android users may remember an unexpected source for free apps for their mobile platform turning up in 2015: Amazon. The internet shopping giant launched Underground, a marketplace for games and apps that were available for "actually free." Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, as Amazon has announced it will be closing the Underground program and ending access later this year.

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NES Classic discontinued due to lack of resources, Nintendo explains

NES Classic discontinued due to lack of resources, Nintendo explains

It came as a surprise and disappointment to many around the world to learn earlier this month that Nintendo was discontinuing production of the NES Classic, especially when demand for it was still so high. However, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime has forward this week to explain the company's decision, also noting that the mini retro console was originally intended to be a limited item for the 2016 holiday season.

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Facebook and Google revealed as victims of a $100M phishing scam

Facebook and Google revealed as victims of a $100M phishing scam

If falling for an email phishing scam is on your list of embarrassments as a tech user, you can now feel a little better, as two titans in the industry have been confirmed to have recently fallen for the same type of security mishap: none other than Facebook and Google. Last month it was reported that the US Department of Justice had arrested and charged Lithuanian man for a phishing scheme that had two tech companies on the hook for $100 million, and now they've been named.

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PS4, Nintendo 2DS XL get Dragon Quest XI special editions in Japan

PS4, Nintendo 2DS XL get Dragon Quest XI special editions in Japan

There's a new Dragon Quest game coming out this summer in Japan, number 11 to be specific, and as one of the country's single most popular game series, it's getting not one but two special edition hardware treatments. The Square Enix-developed RPG is coming to both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo 3DS handheld, so each system will be getting a Dragon Quest XI-themed design.

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Blizzard’s Overwatch surges to over 30 million players

Blizzard’s Overwatch surges to over 30 million players

Overwatch, the recent FPS from developer Blizzard, has been a bona fide smash hit since its release almost a year ago. And for good reason: it's one of the most original and exciting multiplayer games to along in some time, and it's full of refreshing characters and balanced mechanics. Players around the globe seem to agree, as Blizzard has revealed the game now has over 30 million registered players.

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Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

You might remember hearing about the music store/player Pono for one of two reasons: you're an audiophile that was interested in the high-fidelity music that was offered, or the fact that it was founded by musician Neil Young. Either way, the small number of Pono users remaining might be eager to hear that following the closure of its music store last year, it plans to relaunch in the near future as a high-quality streaming music service called "Xstream."

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Deadpool 2, two more X-Men movies confirmed for 2018 release

Deadpool 2, two more X-Men movies confirmed for 2018 release

When it comes to comic book franchises and superhero universes getting adapted for the big screen, Marvel and DC are the two main players that come to mind. But 20th Century Fox hasn't given up on its X-Men series, even with a few bombs, and 2018 is shaping to be a big year for fans. The movie studio has announced the release schedule of not one but three X-Men movies for next year, including the highly anticipated Deadpool 2.

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China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

A Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the country's Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, marking a significant achievement for the nation's space agency. The Tianzhou-1 cargo ship was launched on April 20th from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Southern China, and is the first such supply delivery mission to the space station. Once the spacecraft arrived, it connected to the station via automated docking process.

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Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Microsoft has gradually been updating the default mail and calendar apps in Windows 10, turning them into viable alternatives for users who prefer desktop clients to those on the web. This includes the most recent update from February, which introduced the Focused Inbox feature, automatically detecting important emails and presenting them first. Now Microsoft has announced that it's allowing users with Google and Gmail accounts to take advantage of these new features.

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Four Avatar sequels get official release dates through 2025

Four Avatar sequels get official release dates through 2025

When James Cameron's Avatar was released to theaters back in 2009, it was hyped to be the start of a major new multi-film franchise. Jump to 2017, and not even a single sequel has surfaced. That's all going to change in the coming years, as 20th Century Fox has announced that a whopping four Avatar sequels are on the way, with confirmed release dates between now and the year 2025.

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