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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.

BlackBerry's eye-catching first Android phone revealed in photo

The first clear image of BlackBerry's upcoming Android smartphone has appeared online. It shows a stylish, sleek handset with a slider display that curves round to the edges in the same manner as Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge. It appears to run stock Android.

Windows 10's 'launch day' doesn't actually mean very much

Microsoft has said that most people will not be getting the Windows 10 upgrade on its official July 29 launch date even if they have reserved a copy. Windows 10 will be delivered in "waves," seemingly using a queue system, instead of one single rollout.

Apple's iPhone 6S is identical to the 6 but improves performance

The first images of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6S handset have emerged online. They show a phone that is externally identical to the current model. There are many changes inside, including a faster processor and the revolutionary Force Touch display.

Microsoft will sell Windows 10 on USB sticks as well as DVDs

A report has suggested that Microsoft will sell retail editions of Windows 10 on USB drives, a sign of the continuing demise of optical media for storage. Although DVDs will remain available, installing from USB will be much quicker for most people.

Microsoft creates chaos by saying Windows 10 free for Insiders

Microsoft has created online chaos by saying that Windows Insiders would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free before seemingly retracting that offer with an updated blog post and then saying that Insiders will get 10 for free after all.

Microsoft is using some interesting codenames for its new Lumias

The codenames of four more upcoming Lumia-branded Windows 10 Mobile devices have been revealed, bringing the total number of rumoured phones up to six. The mid-range handsets are currently named after Asian cities and a Finnish mountain and lake.

BlackBerry's rumoured Android phone could be built with Samsung

A well-known analyst has suggested that BlackBerry may be turning to Samsung for help in releasing a new phone. It comes after recent insider tipoffs claimed that BlackBerry is considering making an Android-powered smartphone for the first time.

iOS 9 gets a better Siri, searching, payments and more

Apple has formally announced iOS 9 at its WWDC developer's conference today. Siri has been updated to become much more useful and search functionality has been made much deeper alongside improvements to several core apps and the expansion of Apple Pay.

You can eject the Samsung Galaxy Note 5's stylus with your voice

A leak has suggested that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet will be able to automatically eject its stylus from the body of the phone when told to using a special voice command in a manner that has been likened to scenes in Star Wars.
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