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Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month

The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in. Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.<p>In just four weeks, Windows 10 has already been installed on over 75 million …

Android Wear smartwatches come to the iPhone

In a nondescript conference room at Google’s headquarters a few weeks ago, I paired my iPhone to a smartwatch running Android for the first time. I was there to ask Jeff Chang, the lead product manager for Wear, how he’d managed to get Android watches working with iOS and how much they could do …

Google is dropping its Google+ requirement across all products, starting with YouTube

Google has finally announced the Google+ news that everyone has been waiting for: Your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all Google products. This change will be trickling out “in the coming months,” and the first product to enjoy the change will be the one that was most negatively …

Google Drive syncs files directly from Windows Office apps

Google already added tools that help Drive play nice with Office files, and now it's offering easy access from inside Microsoft's apps. With a new plug-in, you can open files for Word, Excel and PowerPoint from Drive. When the time comes, you'll be able to save them in Google's cloud-based …

Software

Microsoft confirms plans to sell Windows 10 on USB drives, opens preorders on Amazon

Rumors that Microsoft would sell Windows 10 on USB drives have been circulating for weeks, with the company refusing to comment officially on whether it was finally looking to offer a physical media alternative to DVDs. Today, preorder pages showed up on Amazon: Microsoft Windows 10 Home for …

Windows 10's forced automatic updates are a good idea

Microsoft will force Windows 10 Home users to download and install updates to its operating system without any options to turn them off. A final version of the OS, distributed to testers this week, contains a clause in the end user license agreement (EULA) that reveals Windows 10 users will receive …

Google launches free music streaming ahead of Apple Music debut

The company's great, human-curated playlists are now free (with ads)<p>As Apple Music nears its June 30th launch, Google is getting more aggressive about trying to sell users on its own Google Play Music service. Today the company is launching a free, ad-supported tier that offers curated playlists (a …

Spotify's green logo color change is making users see red

How can you tell when people truly love an app? When even the slightest color change to its logo results in instantaneous and extremely loud …

Conspiracies

Google Slides for Android and iOS now lets you stream presentations to your TV via Chromecast and AirPlay

Google today updated Google Slides for Android and iOS with streaming support via Chromecast and AirPlay. You can download the new app now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.<p>Google has sold over 17 million units of the Chromecast, a small HDMI dongle that lets you stream content from …

Microsoft kills off Skype for Windows touch app in favor of desktop version

Windows 10 integration coming later this year<p>Microsoft is simplifying Skype for Windows into a single application. While the software giant has offered a touch-friendly Skype app for Windows 8 and a separate desktop app for Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft is removing the finger-friendly …

Simple geometric banners depicting iOS, OS X and ‘watchOS’ spotted at WWDC

MacStories’ Federico Viticci has posted an interesting image of WWDC banners from the second-floor of Moscone West, the WWDC event venue.<p>These images show Apple highlighting its three platforms: iOS, OS X and watchOS. These banners do not follow the same pattern as previous years with dramatic …

Google’s Gmail API officially gets push notification support

At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, the company launched its official Gmail API. One year later, it’s adding a small but important feature to this API: Push notification support.<p>The inclusion of push notification support means third party developers no longer have to poll Gmail for new …

Updates to Google Docs & Slides let you insert & quickly edit images on iOS

Google is today rolling out updates to its Google Docs and Slides mobile apps bringing the ability to insert images directly from the app on both phones and tablets.<p>With the update, iPhone and iPad users will be able to access their camera roll or snap a new photo to insert directly into a document …

Google Chromebit packs an entire Chrome OS computer into an HDMI stick

Google has a new type of Chrome OS device, one that's designed to make it easier and more discreet than ever to hook up a TV. It's called Chromebit, …

iPad comes under fire from Surface 3 running full Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s early attempts to the tablet crown from Apple hasn’t really gone according to plan. All the Surfaces from the original to the Pro 2 were flops, but Microsoft seems to have hit its stride with the Surface Pro 3. Now it’s ready to take on the iPad with an even cheaper tablet.<p>Today, …

Asus's new Chromebook Flip is a tiny, touchscreen, convertible Chromebook

It's one of a host of new Chrome OS devices coming this spring<p>Most Chromebooks on the market are pretty similar — they’re inexpensive, 11-inch laptops meant for doing basic tasks. But Google and its OEM partners are slowly starting to expand the definition of what makes a Chromebook. The 15-inch …

Apple TV gets a new price: $69

It's been a long, long time since Apple refreshed its streaming box, the Apple TV. And it looks like that won't be changing anytime soon. Now, that's not to say the company has forgotten about the platform; in fact, since the last hardware update, Apple's made its set-top ecosystem more robust by …

Smart TV

New MacBook announced with 12-inch Retina display, shipping April 10th for $1,299

The thinnest MacBook ever comes with a Retina display and the promise of all-day battery life<p>In an event dedicated to explaining the benefits of its new Watch, Apple set aside a moment to update a machine that needs no special introduction: the MacBook. It's just MacBook now, no more qualifiers. It …

Google Drive version 2.2 update brings drag and drop functionality and more

Google is pushing out yet another update to an app, and this time it’s Google Drive’s turn. The update to version 2.2 brings some basic drag and drop functionality to the app, along with a slight change to the navigation menu.<p>Up until now, moving files around in Google Drive was sort of a hassle. …

Control your Android Lollipop system settings by voice

Image copyright Android Police.If you’re in a hands-free situation and need to control certain system functions of your Android 5.0 handset by voice, …

Watch how quick it is to vote in the most advanced democracy on earth, Estonia

In Estonia, it takes voters less than a few minutes to vote for president on their mobile phones. The technology for super-quick electronic voting exists, but its available in only a few countries around in the world.<p>Estonia’s Prime Minister explained in a YouTube video how easy it is to …

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Tablets Just Got $100 Cheaper

Microsoft has temporarily slashed $100 off of the retail price of its Surface Pro 3 tablets as sales of the 2-in-1 device, which can connect with a …

Windows 10 will be free for Raspberry Pi 2

Microsoft is working on a free version of Windows 10 for the newly announced Raspberry Pi 2. The operating system will be made available to the maker …

Once $399 A Year, Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

Lots of people have dabbled with Google Earth to fly around their neighborhood or poke around a 3D version Paris. But how many dropped $400 (per year!) for a Pro subscription?<p>Not a ton, it would seem. At least, not enough for Google to keep counting on it as an income source.<p>Google has just nixed …

New app promises to give your iPhone a 32MP camera

How would you like an app that transforms your regular 8-megapixel iPhone 6 camera into a 32-megapixel one?<p>Okay, so it’s not <i>exactly</i> as miraculous as it sounds, but photography app Hydra is a worthy tool to add to your virtual camera bag. It works by taking a series of up to 60 small images and then …

Amazon's Echo lets you control iTunes, Pandora and Spotify with your voice

If you accepted an invitation to buy Amazon's Echo speaker, you've noticed that the device didn't have a vast musical vocabulary at first -- you could tell it to play iHeartRadio or Prime Music tunes, and that's about it. You'll have a better time of things from now on, though. Amazon is rolling …

Pandora

This USB wall charger secretly logs keystrokes from Microsoft wireless keyboards nearby

Privacy and security researcher Samy Kamkar has released a keylogger for Microsoft wireless keyboards cleverly hidden in what appears to be a rather large, but functioning USB wall charger. Called KeySweeper, the stealthy Arduino-based device can sniff, decrypt, log, and report back all keystrokes …

CyanogenMod brings its custom software to Android One

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Janko Roettgers/Gigaom<p>The next billion Android users might have a choice of software on their phones thanks to …

Your private Instagrams weren’t as private as you thought they were

A privacy hole was publicly exposing an untold number of photographs Instagram users believed were private, until Instagram fixed it this weekend in apparent response to queries by Quartz.<p>Tests by Quartz had showed that a photograph posted to Instagram when a user’s account is set to public—the …

Drone footage of New York looks like the intro to a Grand Theft Auto game

There's nothing like a fresh start and a whole new world to explore.<p>Unfortunately, while this feeling is tapped easily enough in the stylized worlds of film and video games, it's sometimes harder to get the same vibe from real life. All those fiddly details seem to get in the way; the …