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Huawei launches Honor beta program in US

Huawei launches Honor beta program in US

Huawei's fans in the US might like to know that the company has launched a new Honor beta program. Revealed today, this beta will center around both hardware and software, and consumers in the US is invited to sign up. Unfortunately, details about what we can specifically expect are still sparse.

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Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta now live on Xbox One & PC

Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta now live on Xbox One & PC

Microsoft launched the second multiplayer beta for the upcoming real-time strategy game Halo Wars 2 on Friday, making it available to all Windows 10 PC users, as well as Xbox One players with a Xbox Live Gold subscription. The new beta will run through Monday, January 30th, and builds on last summer's Halo Wars 2 trial by introducing the Blitz gameplay mode, which is designed to speed things up, giving players a more action-oriented experience.

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You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

Skype's cool real-time translation feature, appropriately named Translator, is getting a rather significant expansion today. What was once limited to Skype-to-Skype calling is now expanding to calls with mobile phones and landlines. This assumes a few things, most importantly that you're part of the Windows Insider program.

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iOS 10.2 beta 4 delivers more emojis, new TV app

iOS 10.2 beta 4 delivers more emojis, new TV app

iOS 10.2 is just around the corner! You know that because Apple has just rolled out its fourth beta preview for the next version of its mobile OS. Available initially to developers, the beta is also trickling out to brave iPhone and iPad owners who opted into Apple’s Beta Software program. Those that did are now enjoying a whole new set of emojis from Unicode 9.0. And if they own an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, they also get three new wallpapers to delight.

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WhatsApp beta gets two-step verification option

WhatsApp beta gets two-step verification option

WhatsApp has finally added two-step verification as an account security option, but it appears to only be available in some of the beta versions of the app presently. As expected, the feature can be found in the Account menu under “Security.” Enabling it will require a 6-digit passcode to be entered before registering your phone number with WhatsApp.

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This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

As announced earlier in the year, Sonos has rolled out new features focused on Spotify integration. Assuming you use Sonos speakers in your home, you can now use the Spotify app to control them directly. It's a nifty function, but it's launching in beta, meaning it's still a little rough around the edges and signing up can be a little confusing.

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Check out Apple’s new emoji in the iOS 10.2 beta

Check out Apple’s new emoji in the iOS 10.2 beta

If you've been frustrated over the past few months by the absence of a Harambe emoji, or being forced to shrug in backslashes and brackets, then the iOS 10.2 beta is for you. Apple's freshly released update for iPhones and iPads may be targeted at developers and those on the cutting-edge of the update cycle, but there are new emoji with mass-market appeal in there too. That includes a fresh batch of pictures, updated art for existing icons, and a welcome balancing of gender roles.

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iOS 10.1 Public Beta: Portrait mode alone worth the download

iOS 10.1 Public Beta: Portrait mode alone worth the download

Finally there's a reason worth risking an upgrade to an iOS Beta for iPhone. A public beta release for iOS 10.1 is available for iPhone users of all sorts, this version bringing on a key feature for iPhone 7 Plus. This version of the public beta software release allows an early version of the feature called Portrait Mode. This is one of the headliner features of the iPhone 7 Plus' double-camera, and a relatively unique feature for a smartphone of this caliber.

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Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Developers were excited all around the world this week as Apple tossed five new betas out for the devs to dig into. The betas include macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta (build 16B2327e), iOS 10.1 beta (build 14B55c), watchOS 3.1 beta (build 14S452), tvOS 10.0.1 beta (build 14U54), and Xcode 8.1 beta (build 8T29o). For now, Apple isn't giving up much detail on any of these betas leaving it to the developers to climb in and tinker.

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Battlefield 1 open beta now live on Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Battlefield 1 open beta now live on Xbox One, PS4, and PC

The time has come at last: Battlefield 1 has gone into open beta for everyone, so if you didn't sign up for Battlefield Insider to get early access to the beta, now is your chance to check out the game ahead of its October 21 release. Unlike the Titanfall 2 open beta that EA just held, this test is available across all three platforms - Xbox One, PS4, and PC - meaning no one gets left out in the cold.

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Battlefield 1 open beta arrives August 31

Battlefield 1 open beta arrives August 31

The Battlefield 1 open beta will launch on August 31 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers, EA and studio DICE have announced. The open beta will present gamers with Sinai Desert, a new map, as well as the Rush and Conquest modes. Anyone who signs up before August 21 as a Battlefield Insider will also have the possibility of getting early access to the beta. As well, players will get an early look at the open beta gameplay on August 16 via a scheduled broadcast on Twitch.

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Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

The Xbox One's open beta for Halo Wars 2, the second real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe, was held back in June, and developer 343 Industries has revealed details on what their main takeaways from the experience were, along with some of the things they'll be changing as a result of player feedback. The biggest surprise, however, was the announcement that a second beta will be released in early 2017 for both of the game's platforms, Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

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