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Confusion as Windows 10 November update appears to vanish

The first major Windows 10 feature update has been available to users for just over a week now. However, it now appears to have vanished without trace in uncertain circumstances that haven't been fully explained by a statement from Microsoft.

Belgian authorities release brother of Paris attacker: prosecutor

Brussels - Belgian authorities on Monday released five out of the seven suspects who were arrested at the weekend after the Paris attacks, including the brother of one of the suicide bombers, prosecutors said.

Windows 10's first major update brings UI changes, improved apps

Microsoft has publicly released Windows 10's first major update, containing more than just bugs and security fixes. Users will find refinements in several areas of the interface, improvements to core apps and increased performance.

Microsoft expected to roll out major Windows 10 update next month

Windows 10's first major update including new features and apps instead of just bug fixes will be rolled out during the first week of November, reports have said. Dubbed "Threshold 2," the update will roll up the preview builds released since launch.

Steenkamp's mother says she doesn't want revenge on Pistorius

Johanesburg - The mother of Reeva Steenkamp said Wednesday that she did not want Oscar Pistorius to spend more time in jail for killing her daughter, after he was released on parole and put under house arrest.

Pistorius released from jail, put under house arrest

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius was released from jail late Monday, South African officials said, and will serve his remaining sentence under house arrest after a year behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Egypt court orders Mubarak's sons freed in graft case

Cairo - An Egyptian court Monday ordered the release of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's two sons who were sentenced to three years in jail for corruption, a judicial official and their lawyer said.

16 Turkish hostages freed in Iraq arrive back home

Ankara - Sixteen Turkish workers who had been kidnapped in Iraq nearly a month ago were freed on Wednesday and flew back home where they were welcomed by their tearful families.

Burkina Faso coup leaders 'release' interim president

Ouagadougou - Coup leaders in Burkina Faso announced Friday they had released the country's interim president Michel Kafando whom they had detained along with the premier and two ministers.

Microsoft exec shoots down rumours of an Xbox One Mini

Microsoft's head of Xbox has said that rumours of an upcoming "Xbox One Mini" console are simply "not real," shooting down theories that have been circulating online in recent weeks.

Google launches YouTube Gaming to compete against Twitch

Google has launched its new version of YouTube dedicated to gamers. The website and app will make it easy for players to watch and broadcast the games they love most, throwing YouTube into direct competition with the Twitch streaming service.

The Nokia 222 is a $37 feature phone with a month-long battery

Following on from the success of the ultra-cheap Nokia 105, Microsoft today announced a new feature phone with a similarly long-lasting battery life. The $37 Nokia 222 goes for 29 days on a charge and features Internet access, a camera and an MP3 player.

Lumia, Surface, Xbox, Band: Microsoft to launch all in October?

Reports have indicated that Microsoft may have cancelled its rumoured Windows 10 Mobile Lumia unveiling next month in favour of a large-scale October event set to include the Surface Pro 4, flagship Lumias, a smaller Xbox and the Microsoft Band 2.

iPhone 6S could be up to 30% faster than its predecessor

Apple's iPhone 6S looks set to become one of the fastest phones on the market when it launches next month. Leaked benchmarks show a robust 30 percent improvement over its predecessor, leading to stronger performance than comparable Android flagships.

Intel publicly releases code behind Stephen Hawking's voice

Intel has publicly released the code for the software that powers Stephen Hawking's speech engine. It allows developers to go ahead and delve into how it works, opening the gateway to new systems based upon it but expanded by the knowledge of others.

It's official: Android M will be known as 'Marshmallow'

Google has announced the informal food-based name for Android M, going with the obvious choice of "Marshmallow." The next version of Android will be released later this year and includes a healthy set of new features and improvements for mobile devices.

Samsung reveals its Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ phablet flagships

Samsung has launched its two new premium-tier phablet-sized Android smartphones at its Unpacked event in New York. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is joining an updated, glass-backed stylus-touting Note 5 — but the latter device won't be coming to Europe.

Microsoft: Hackers are exploiting Windows bug using USB sticks

Microsoft has issued an important security update for all currently supported Windows versions that patches an issue allowing hackers to take control of a computer after an infected USB stick is connected. The company says it is being actively exploited.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ to have a physical keyboard accessory

Samsung will be offering a physical keyboard accessory for its upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphone, according to a recent leak online. An image of the device shows that the keyboard clips to the bottom of the display, replacing the touchscreen one.

French hostage freed in Yemen after six-month ordeal

Paris - Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, freed after nearly six months of captivity in Yemen, arrived in Paris Friday to be welcomed by President Francois Hollande and her family in an emotional reunion.

French hostage Isabelle Prime freed in Yemen: French presidency

Paris - Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, who was kidnapped in war-ravaged Yemen on February 24, has been freed and will return home "in the coming hours", the French presidency said."Our compatriot Isabelle Prime has been freed tonight," the statement read.

Microsoft forces first Windows 10 bug-fixing update onto users

Microsoft has released the first update for Windows 10 since its public launch a week ago. Designed to fix some of the issues that users have been experiencing, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically, to the annoyance of many.

Windows 10 launch mired by annoying bugs for many

Microsoft's worldwide rollout of Windows 10 is now well under way but it hasn't gone through without its fair share of issues. Users have been reporting a wide range of early bugs including install failures, broken Start menus and crashing, unstable apps.

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's where to start

Today, Microsoft has officially launched its new operating system, Windows 10. Computers worldwide will be downloading it now so here's a look at some of Windows 10's fundamental new features so you can hit the ground running once you've upgraded.

The '2016 flagship killer' smartphone is here: The OnePlus 2

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has finally revealed the full details of its second device, the OnePlus 2. Billed as the "2016 flagship killer", the phone starts at $329 but still features true flagship hardware, making it a handset worth considering.

Windows 10 Home users will be forced to install automatic updates

A clause found in the licensing agreement between Microsoft and users of Windows 10 has confirmed that owners of devices running the Home edition of Windows 10 will not be able to postpone updates and will have to install them when available.

Angry Birds 2 flocking to app stores later this month

Finnish game developer Rovio has announced it will be releasing a proper sequel to its hit "Angry Birds" title later this month. Details on the new game are currently scarce but fans are told that they will be able to play from July 30.

Anybody can now download and run iOS 9 on their iPhone

For the first time ever, Apple has opened up to the idea of members of the public being able to try out pre-release versions of its software. From today, anybody is able to download and install iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan on their iPad, iPhone or Mac.

Windows 10 final sign-off is now imminent in the next few days

Microsoft has now reportedly compiled a version of Windows 10 that could end up becoming the first version of the operating system to be made publicly available on launch day as an upgrade and on new devices. Final development may be completed this week.

Google Chrome has now been downloaded 1 billion times on Android

The Google Chrome web browser has now been downloaded over 1 billion times onto Android phones and tablets, a significant milestone for an app that is only available on relatively new devices and launched just three years ago.
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