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Would you buy an Android phone from Microsoft?

Imagine it: a Microsoft-built phone running on Google’s Android operating system. Go ahead, it’s easy if you try.<p>What do you see?<p>I see Panos Panay getting us pumped for hardware as delicious as the oft-imitated Surface Pro 4 and new Surface Book. I see Android tweaked to feature Microsoft software …

Newly leaked image shows off Nokia A1 (update: April Fools!)

<b>Update:</b> <i>We didn’t think we needed to spell this out, but apparently we do. This is an April Fool’s joke. We thought we made it pretty obvious with the existence of Samsung icons, Titanium Backup, and a slightly crooked Nokia label — and our Android Authority readers certainly saw through the ruse.</i> …

Speedtest by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test

Test your Internet connection bandwidth to locations around the world with this interactive broadband speed test from Ookla

This Japanese Novel Authored By A Computer Is Scarily Well-Written

The Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award isn’t like other literary prizes. In addition to work authored by humans, it also considers the literary output of artificial intelligence software. And the results of the latter are–surprisingly and scarily–not that bad.<p>Researchers from Japan’s Future …

Researchers show they can spoof common smartphone fingerprint sensors using an off-the-shelf printer with special paper and ink used for printing circuits<p>Fingerprint sensors used to secure smartphones can be fooled with something as simple as a inkjet printer, researchers from Michigan State …

Michigan State University

Microsoft is beating Apple in a key battle for the future of computing

But by 2017, IDC says, the rise of keyboard-detachable tablets— like the Microsoft Surface Book, the Apple iPad Pro, and the Google Pixel C — will return the tablet market to stable, if single-digit, growth.<p>And it's Microsoft that is poised to take full advantage of the rise of the detachable.<p>IDC …

You might be risking a lawsuit by posting unflattering photos on social media

And it could happen to you. Imagine, for example, rolling out of bed and heading to the store to pick up a much-needed item. Your hair is unkempt and you're wearing last night's pajamas, but you're unconcerned because certainly no one will notice you.<p>Unbeknownst to you, someone you don't know takes …

Social Media

How to use your iPhone's share button like a pro

One of the best features of your iPhone or iPad that you're probably not using is the share menu.<p>You know it — it's the strip of apps that appear …

Amazon takes a major step backward by dropping encryption for Fire OS 5

While Apple and the FBI await a ruling from congress on their encryption battles, Amazon just willfully dropped encryption on Kindle, Fire Phones, Fire Tablets and Fire TV devices running Fire OS 5.<p>The change affects millions of users with these devices and makes each of them decidedly less safe …

Sony says Remote Play on Mac of PlayStation 4 games is coming “soon”

Sony told us back in November that it would be offering Remote Play on both Mac and PC, allowing PlayStation 4 owners to stream games to their Macs, but it didn’t give any clue as to when this would be available. It still hasn’t given a definite date, but today confirmed that it will be coming in …

The Smartphone As PC Replacement: Still An Idea Ahead Of Its Time

HP’s Elite X3 is the latest in a long line of products merging phone and laptop, but there are still kinks to be worked out.<p>The tech industry can’t seem to get over its obsession with bridging the difference between the laptop and smartphone–or even merging them into one device. Over the years, the …

Seoul Announces Free WiFi In All Public Spaces by 2017

Park Won-Soon, the mayor of Seoul, announced that every public space of Seoul will have free WiFi by 2017, including moving subways and buses, according to the Yonhap News Agency.<p>This initiative, called the Seoul Digital Plan 2020, aims to bring the presence of Internet of Things (IoT) Technology …

Internet of Things

Raspberry Pi 3 gets wireless and it's available now

Raspberry Pi was born on 29 February 2012, the last leap year, and now on the second leap year in the company’s history it’s releasing a major hardware update.<p>The Raspberry Pi 3 features a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core, 1GB of RAM, integrated 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth 4.1, as well as full …

A Google self-driving car caused a crash for the first time

A bad assumption led to a minor fender-bender<p>Google has prided itself on the fact that its self-driving car fleet has never been responsible for any of its crashes — they've always been caused by another (decidedly more human) force — but that may have just changed. According to a California DMV …

Apple plans Siri for Mac as tentpole feature for this fall’s OS X 10.12 launch

Apple currently plans to use its next major release of the Mac operating system, known as OS X 10.12, this fall to continue to expand Siri across its product lines. Last year, Apple implemented Siri as cornerstone features of both the Apple Watch and new Apple TV, and for 2016, Siri is planned to …

Android Circuit: Apple's Android Mistake, Samsung Confirms New Galaxy Phone, Google's Browser Wars

Taking a look back at seven days of news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the launch date of #TheNextGalaxy, Samsung accidentally confirming the S7 Edge, the updated Apple Music for Android app, BlackBerry’s commitment to Android, Marshmallow’s market share of Android, …

Android News

Steve Ballmer talks about the current state of Microsoft, his Twitter investment, and how sports tech can help the Clippers

<i>Microsoft has made some notable changes since his departure, in practice and rhetoric, including an enthusiastic embrace of cloud computing and a more cooperative stance toward computing platforms from other companies. The market seems to like the change: The stock price has gone up around 40% in</i> …

Here's how much the iPhone's software has changed over time

Apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages were reminiscent of the Mac counterparts, giving the phone a PC-like feel.<p>Over time, Apple has dramatically changed the way iOS looks, having introduced a slew of new apps and an entire redesign, which launched on the iPhone 5s in 2013.<p><b>Here's what iOS looks like</b> …

VAIO's first Windows phone is quite a looker

Even if you aren’t keen on rocking a Windows-based mobile device, Vaio’s first-ever phone for the platform is certainly worth a look.<p>The LTE-capable Vaio Phone Biz features a sleek aluminum body, a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Its body is subjected to a blasting process …

Leaked Photo could be Galaxy S7 Edge Plus

A new photograph has turned up on the web that claims to show a curved screen version of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The rumor contends that the image of …

Huawei’s New Batteries Charge To 48% In Five Minutes

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has a powerful new weapon in its competition for the global Android market: phone batteries that can recharge in less time than it takes to power down a latte. The company just unveiled quick-charging batteries at a Japanese trade show that charge to 50% capacity …

Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 and Lumia 550 phones shown clearly in new leaks

Various leaks have emerged over the past weeks and months about Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 and Lumia 550 phones, but those released today by leaker-in-chief Evan Blass give the clearest view yet of the as-yet-unannounced devices.<p>Microsoft may announce the phones at a press event scheduled for …

Using Google’s new domain buying service, Sanmay Ved purchased world’s most popular website for $12 before transaction was cancelled<p>A man was able to successfully buy google.com, the domain name for the world’s most popular website, for $12 (£7.90), minutes before the company contacted him to say …

Marketing

Nexus 5X won't ship with a USB-C cable that plugs into older USB ports

Google appears to be going all in for the USB Type C future with the Nexus 5X. The LG-made phone ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable, but it won't include a USB-C cable that plugs into most computers and chargers today (which use USB Type A). You'll have to shell out for a separate USB-C to USB-A …

USB Type-C