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Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Now this is a first. It's barely been a month since Microsoft opened the Creators Update floodgates and reception is rather lukewarm. In the past, Microsoft would be very aggressive in getting users to update to the latest version of Windows 10. This time, however, it is taking things slowly. Almost too slowly for some, which has lead those to manually download and install the update themselves. Which, in turn, has led to not a few broken Windows 10 PCs. Now Microsoft director Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery has written a blog post which basically tells users to be patient and wait their turn.

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There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

Two of the three (or four) major software platforms are on smartwatches. There's Android Wear and there's Apple watchOS. For years, Microsoft fans have been waiting and crying out for a Windows-powered wearable. After the short live of the Microsoft Band, that possibility seemed dead in the water. Well, not anymore. Sort of. The good news: there is indeed an existing and, more importantly, working Windows 10 smartwatch. The bad news: this TrekStor IoT Wearable is not something you'll ever be able to buy off the shell.

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WS620 Bluetooth Walkman is rugged enough to keep up with you

WS620 Bluetooth Walkman is rugged enough to keep up with you

When you're working out, whether in a gym, running outside, or even swimming, some music helps you keep out the monotony and, ironically, keep you focused. Those activities, however, require you to have equipment that can withstand the forces of nature just as well as you. That's the promise that Sony is making by launching its new Walkman WS620 series of Bluetooth headphones. Their light and lithe appearance belies the fact that these audio accessories are made to weather snow, sun, sea, water, and, of course, sweat.

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Samsung’s new app replies for you when you’re driving

Samsung’s new app replies for you when you’re driving

Despite being life-threatening, not to mention illegal in some countries, drivers still can't seem to keep their mitts off their phones when they should be on the steering wheel. Hands-free controls and calls can only go so far and doesn't cover one of the most common uses of phones while driving: text messaging. To make sure drivers no longer have an excuse not to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, Samsung is developing an app that will automatically reply for you and let the other person know not to bother you unless it's a real emergency.

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Google woos India with Gboard, Translate updates

Google woos India with Gboard, Translate updates

The US and China are traditionally seen as the largest smartphone markets in the world. Of late, however, a third superpower has risen: India. The sub-continent is home to millions of users hungry for more affordable smartphones, more ubiquitous Internet access, and more accessible content. That's why in its latest sweep of apps and services updates, Google is introducing new features and support for more languages to appeal to the more than 400 million potential customers in India.

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More Moto E4, E4 Plus details get leaked

More Moto E4, E4 Plus details get leaked

Once upon a time, Motorola's smartphone story was simple. The Moto X was its high-end champion, the Moto E its entry-level offer and the Moto G for those that wanted something in between. Now we have a Moto Z line with three models, a Moto G5 with two models, a still to be confirmed Moto X 2017, and a still to be announced fourth gen Moto E and Moto E Plus. The latter two are the subjects of this most recent leak that paints the Moto E4 Plus in a rather positive light, save for one understandable flaw.

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Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro tipped to switch to Intel Pentium

Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro tipped to switch to Intel Pentium

Spurred by the success of the later Microsoft Surface models, OEMs of all sizes have hopped onto the 2-in-1 tablet market. Not all, however, have Microsoft's money to throw at these devices. Forced to choose their battles, manufacturers like Chuwi have opted to go for lower price tags and mass market appeal by opting for a cheaper, and also less powerful, processor. It seems that this strategy is reaching even major companies, with Acer's soon to be launched Aspire Switch 3 Pro said to run on an Intel Pentium instead of the usual Intel Core processor.

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Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out

Better late than never, as they always say. And considering this is Microsoft and smartphones we're talking about, the default is, more often than not, "never". Still, the Creators Update for the mobile version of Microsoft's operating system has been promised and, in truth, was already rolled out to its Insiders group. Following the release of the update for Windows 10 on desktops, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar confirmed over at Twitter that the update is rolling out to everyone in waves. At least everyone eligible to get the update, of course.

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Moto X Pure Edition from 2015 gets a Nougat update

Moto X Pure Edition from 2015 gets a Nougat update

The sad fact about Android is that youth is never an assurance of timely updates. Even a year-old phone may not get the latest software updates, depending on the resources, business sense, mercy, and whim of its manufacturer. So when a 2015 smartphone is given a late 2016 Android update, the fuss is understandable. That is exactly what is happening when Lenovo unexpectedly released an Android 7.0 update for the Moto X Pure Edition, giving the phone one last hoorah before retirement.

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DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

It has long been the stuff of science fiction -- the dream of enabling rapid human learning via microchips, machine-to-brain cables, or some other type of technology. DARPA, as with many of its mad science projects, is looking into making that dream a reality. The defense research agency has announced a total of eight different projects being run by seven different institutions as part of a larger DARPA-funded research program on this topic that will coordinate the efforts of these institutions. If the teams are successful, humans will be closer than ever to tech-based rapid human learning.

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GTA Online Tiny Racers ‘retro-style’ game now available

GTA Online Tiny Racers ‘retro-style’ game now available

Rockstar Games has announced the availability of GTA Online Tiny Racers, a game in which players race tiny cars around various maps while avoiding a fiery explosion. Rockstar says Tiny Racers is a retro-styled game for GTA Online, putting gamers above the roads and cars with a bird's-eye view. This is similar to the Dead Ops Arcade game -- in terms of design -- that appeared in Black Ops.

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Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google's Pixel smartphone is notable for several reasons, not the least of which is its incredible low-light camera performance. We've seen the camera put to the test multiple times, but few analyses compare to the one recently completed by Google Research itself. In the tests, the Pixel camera was able to capture stunning shots of space using only starlight, among other things. The Nexus 6P was also tested, and one shot rivaled a DSLR's photo of the same subject.

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