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You Can Now Test Firefox OS On Android Without Hacking Your Phone

Let’s say you want to give Firefox OS — the mobile operating system made by the same people who make the browser — a try.<p>Until now, that’s meant one of two things: buying one of a small handful of early Firefox OS devices or hacking your existing Android device to pieces to try to get it …

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5 ways Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor will empower your next phone

Qualcomm is the unsung ruler of the mobile industry. Its processors power the vast majority of Android devices, including smartphone, tablets, and smartwatches. Now the San Diego company is back with the Snapdragon 820, the powerful processor that'll come to an Android phone near you in 2016. …

Apple-approved piano teaches you to play the smart way

Ben Ye knew what could happen as he watched his son chafe and grow bored during private piano lessons. But to keep his son’s interest in music, Ye felt he’d have to do the seemingly impossible: build a new kind of piano and reinvent the way it is taught.<p>Ye did both and what started as an effort to …

Happy? Sad? Forget age, Microsoft can now guess your emotions

Microsoft unveils beta tool on its website that guesses people’s emotions through facial recognition software. But how does that make you feel?<p>Remember when Microsoft developed a tool that tried to guess our age? Of course you do – social media feeds were saturated for weeks with outraged …

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Starts With A Bang

In July of 2010, Blizzard released <i>StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty</i> with promises that the next two parts of the trilogy would be out soon. Five and a …

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Instagram profile tracking app harvests your usernames and passwords

Just because an app has passed iTunes' verification procedure doesn't automatically mean it's safe. Take this Instagram client called "Who Viewed Your Profile -- InstaAgent" for example, which was available on both iTunes and Google Play until an iOS developer found out that it harvests usernames …

Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The software …

Lawsuit claims AMD lied about the number of cores in its chips

Processor makers regularly exaggerate the performance of their chips (remember Intel's obsession with clock speed?), but AMD is learning that there are limits around what you can claim. It's facing a class action lawsuit accusing the company of misleading buyers about the number of cores in its …

One month on, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is running on just 0.3% of Android devices

It’s been about a month now since Android Marshmallow started rolling out to a variety of Android devices (mostly just the Nexus line), and according to this month’s distribution numbers, only 0.3% of Android phones are running the latest version. That’s just plain depressing.<p>And what’s worse is …

Facebook's Notify news app reportedly launching next week

Facebook's upcoming news app Notify may finally be ready to make its debut. <i>The Financial Times</i> reports that the social network's new standalone app for receiving real-time news updates will launch next week. Dozens of outlets, including <i>Vogue</i>, <i>Mashable</i>, <i>The Washington Post</i>, and <i>CNN</i>,are reportedly …

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League Of Legends Is Changing Everything In 2016

Riot just put out its 2016 Season Update for <i>League of Legends</i> and...I don’t even know where to begin. They’re changing <i>everything</i>, and then adding …

Firefox adds Tracking Protection to make your Private Browsing sessions more private

Firefox is rolling out a new feature as part of a browser update available from today that it says will give users more control over the data they choose to share with third-parties online.<p>With privacy a hot topic in tech and Firefox a long-time supporter of initiatives like ‘Do Not Track’, the …

Is Priv the Droid BlackBerry Has Been Looking For?

If BlackBerry is to stay in the phone business, it needs the new Android slider phone to be a success.<p>There’s no question that this is the Android phone BlackBerry should have built. The real question is whether it is too late.<p>The Priv, a high-end phone with a slide-out keyboard, packs a five-inch …

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Apple may be cutting back on iPhone 6s orders

Despite the iPhone 6s’ record-shattering 13 million unit sales in its first three days, reports coming out of Apple’s supply chain suggest that manufacturer Pegatron has stopped operating several of its iPhone 6s production lines in Shanghai — and may even be laying off some employees who were …

Nexus 5X now available in Europe, Chromecast included in some markets

There’s no denying Google tends to be a bit more generous with its home market (USA). There’s a lot of factors that may get in the way of a smooth launch, but it seems Google is learning and today European Nexus fans have something to celebrate.<p>The Nexus 5X has finally made it over the Atlantic, …

Microsoft is killing unlimited OneDrive storage

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer offer unlimited OneDrive storage and will scale down all subscription plans for the cloud-based service.<p>The company said in a blog post:<p>Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users …

Microsoft reduces free OneDrive storage and removes unlimited option

Just over a year after it started offering unlimited OneDrive cloud storage for Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft is going back on the deal. Complaining that too many users were taking advantage of the unlimited space to store entire movie collections, hours of recorded video, and entire PC …

Huawei Watch review: the best Android Wear smartwatch

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The Huawei Watch comes with a collection of good-looking watch faces, here shown on a slim female wrist.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/771217e7d1d8060731abae7a6465c7596ca69b47/0_0_2100_1260/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The Huawei …

Volkswagen's Troubles Are Growing, Not Getting Better

EPA cites 'defeat devices' in Audi and Porsche diesel engines<p>This hits just keep on coming for Volkswagen—though in this case, they’re entirely self-inflicted. Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivered a legalese-heavy letter to the U.S. headquarters of the carmaker in …

BlackBerry's New Android Smartphone Could Be Its Last Device

BlackBerry Ltd.’s new Android phone hitting the market this week could be the company’s last attempt at making its devices profitable before ending …

Amazon launches Black Friday deals store

Shoppers, get your credit cards poised.<p>Amazon on Sunday launched its Black Friday deals store as it begins to count down to what traditionally has been one of the biggest shopping days of the year.<p>The Seattle retailer promises tens of thousands of deals on technology, toys and clothes between now …

Facebook is making its employees ditch iOS in favour of Android

Last week, Facebook announced ‘2G Tuesdays’ so employees can see what using a mobile is like in India.<p>This week, the social network is telling workers to abandon iOS devices in favour of Android. In a briefing, picked up by The Independent, Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox believes the …

Virtual reality needs three to five years to take off, says HTC

BEIJING -- Virtual reality headsets could make a big splash next year, but it will take another three to five years before the technology becomes mainstream according to HTC, which is hard at work on its Vive VR headset.<p>The company's chief content officer Phil Chen made the comment on Monday while …

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Microsoft lets you build apps for Windows 10 in less than 10 minutes

Microsoft has made tweaks to App Studio that allows users who don’t have prior knowledge of code to submit an app in less than 10 minutes.<p>Traditionally, users would need to install Visual Studio and tap out reams of code, but with Microsoft’s new step-by-step process, you can build an app using a …

Skype co-founders build delivery bot that rides on sidewalks

While companies like Amazon and Google are betting on airborne drones for the future of delivery, two of the founders of Skype are taking a more pedestrian approach. They've created a company called Starship Technologies, and its eponymous robots are autonomous rovers that drive along sidewalks to …

Huawei to announce phablet flagship Mate 8 on November 26

Huawei is on something a roll this year. Having recently released its first Nexus device, overtaken Xiaomi as the top smartphone vendor in China and secured the third highest number of smartphone shipments globally, it’s all going swimmingly for the Chinese manufacturer. But its year isn’t over …

Will you miss Facebook's 'other' inbox?

<b>There has been a mixed reaction to Facebook's changes to its Messenger service, announced this week.</b><p>In the next few days it will phase out the Other inbox, where members currently receive messages from people they are not Facebook friends with.<p>Some members have expressed concern about harassment …

FullContact hits Android to make your address book smarter

FullContact is a really useful service when it comes to keeping a clean, centralized contacts list across multiple accounts. It brought its full service to mobile with a really good iOS app back in January and now Android users can get in on the action.<p>As with the iOS version, you can use the app …