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The Amazon shopping feature offered by Samsung's latest flagships currently works on Galaxy S8/S8+ units on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, but Verizon customers cannot enjoy its benefits yet.
US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Android Nougat
Although the Galaxy S7 handsets in the US started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat more than three months ago, US Cellular was not in a hurry. The new firmware it rolls out as we speak has about 1.5 GB in size and does not hold any surprises.
Microsoft commits to releasing major Windows 10 updates biannually
Expect Windows 10 feature upgrades to be released twice a year: in March and September. Microsoft says that it will employ this new strategy of predictability to make updates easier to deploy, especially for business customers.
Google Chrome might get a built-in ad blocker this year
Web advertising giant Google is planning to create an ad blocker for Google Chrome, the world's most popular internet browser. With ad-blocking software becoming more popular, Google wants to shut out some of the competition from third-party software.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser finally gets Android Nougat
Although we heard about the arrival of the first Nougat update for the ZenFone 3 Laser smartphone back in January, this handset gets Android 7.0 only now. The list of changes also includes the removal of ZenMotion and Shake Shake.
Apex Launcher to finally get updated in May
Although it has been downloaded more than 10 million times, this Android launcher received its last update in June 2015. Now, it is ready to return with an updated interface and new features.
Instagram for Android to get offline mode
Offline Instagram users will soon be able to see their feed without being connected, but can also leave comments, Like various things, or unfollow other users while offline. All these would be processed on reconnect.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) gets its WiFi certification
The upcoming Galaxy J3 with model number SM-J330F has just received its WiFi certification, and it looks like this affordable handset is going to ship loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Microsoft to buy Intentional Software
This new corporate acquisition aims to further improve Microsoft's capabilities and its ability to deliver new tools and services as a part of the company's productivity offering.
Samsung will no longer let users remap Bixby button on Galaxy S8
Samsung released a new update that reportedly prevents users from remapping the Bixby button, which is dedicated to Samsung's propriety smart assistant. Understandably, many users were not pleased with Samsung's decision.
Android 7.1.1 coming soon to Moto Z Play handsets
The lower-end member of the Moto Z family arrived back in September 2016 with Android Marshmallow on board. In the meantime, it also received Android 7.0 Nougat, and now Motorola's support confirms that Android 7.1.1 is headed for it as well.
Microsoft says they've patched NSA's hacking tools targeting devices running Windows
Microsoft engineers have examined the exploits released by the Shadow Brokers and have released patches to address the issue. The good news is that most of these vulnerabilities were patched in March.
Windows 10 Creators Update to hit only 13 handsets
The new software should roll out to most compatible handsets in the coming days, but Microsoft confirmed an issue with the new Windows 10 update for mobiles as well. The company is working on fixing this problem, so all supported units get the Creators Update promptly.
Nokia 6 receives Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Although this 5.5-inch handset is only available in China and a few other markets for now and the global launch is scheduled for May, HMD Global releases an update to Android 7.1.1 that comes with various enhancements and fixes, as well as the latest official security patch from Google, dated April 2017.
Samsung Gear S3 gets three functional watch faces
These new watch faces target tourists and business travelers (Tourist), as well as lovers of outdoor activities and sports enthusiasts (Outdoors and Sports). The Sports watch theme comes in six colors, while the other two only offer four color options each.
OxygenOS 4.1.3 rolls out
The new firmware is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat but comes without the Pixel-like launcher and the other features introduced in the latest Open Beta updates for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets.
Gamecube on the go: Dolphin emulator runs smoothly on the Galaxy S8
A video from GuruAidTechSupport shows off the Gamecube emulator Dolphin running at an incredibly smooth framerate on a display model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the emulator has been around for a while, this is one of the first times we've seen gameplay this smooth.
New test shows Microsoft Edge is kinder than other browsers to battery life
A recently-posted video shows the Edge browser beating Chrome and Firefox in terms of battery efficiency. It comes as no surprise, though; the test was run by Microsoft, which develops Edge—hardly an impartial observer.
Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus now available
The new version brings improved printer support and the option to run the Unity 8 desktop environment, as well as some other small changes.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ get Android Nougat on Verizon
These two handsets on Sprint got the Android 7.0 Nougat update last week, and now Verizon Wireless does the same. The new firmware has 1.3 GB in size and rolls out in stages, so it might take a while for it to reach all compatible handsets.
SwiftKey Keyboard gets support for 9 more languages
Despite last year's leak of its users' confidential data, SwiftKey remains a popular virtual keyboard for Android devices. Its latest update brings the total of supported languages up to 162.
Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users
After breaking the one billion users barrier back in May, Facebook Messenger moves to a whole new level and leaves behind the 1.2 billion users mark, also increasing the number of messages sent per active user.
HTC One M9 on Sprint might get Android Nougat soon
Sprint is quite busy updating older flagships to Android 7.0 these days since the Galaxy S6 handsets got the new firmware earlier today and now it seems like HTC One M9 units on this carrier receive it as well.
Google launches AI-driven drawing app AutoDraw
This new creation by Google comes as a free web-based app that works on any computer, phone, or tablet and uses machine learning to help its users finish a drawing by suggesting objects based on the shape they draw.
Don't worry, iPhone 5 users: Apple plans to continue issuing updates to your device
A new report claimed that Apple was dropping support for the iPhone 5 and 5C with the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta update. It is now apparent that the two devices will be covered via a second version of the update.
Researchers: Microsoft Office security hole exploited by hackers and government agencies
Microsoft recently released a security patch to resolve a vulnerability in Microsoft Office. Attackers, including malware distributors and cyber-espionage groups, are exploiting the flaw to seize control of users' systems.
Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch without Bixby's voice support
Although it was supposed to launch with the new Galaxy S8 flagships, we now hear that the Bixby voice control features will not roll out in the US at the same time as the new Galaxy handsets, being scheduled to arrive "later this Spring" instead.
Misfit Flare fitness tracker now official
This basic fitness tracker uses an aluminum frame and is waterproof up to 50 meters, offering up to six months of autonomy (it uses a replaceable CR1632 coin cell battery), as well as compatibility with Misfit App and Misfit Link App.
Fifth Tizen Developer Conference confirmed for mid-May
Samsung has just unveiled that registration for TDC 2017 is now open, also unveiling that the event is scheduled to take place in San Francisco, between May 16 and May 17. The location chosen is the Hilton Union Square Hotel.
Anbox brings Android to Linux
The tool runs Android in a container which allows it to share the kernal and system resources with the Linux distro on which it runs. The software is still in pre-alpha but looks promising.
Windows 10 Creators Update now rolling out worldwide
This long-awaited update is finally available to all Windows 10 users, its new features including a whole new Paint program that was designed with 3D modeling in mind, game streaming with Beam, Game Mode, and many others.
Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL get Android 7.1.2
The new firmware comes shortly after this month's security patches for the Pixel flagships, bringing improved WiFi and Bluetooth performance, better Voice calls, as well as the ability to backup and restore apps such as Drive, Calendar, and Messenger.
Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista
Microsoft is officially ending Windows Vista extended support as of April 11, 2017. Only 10 years ago, Microsoft first released Windows Vista to widespread disapproval, resulting in the operating system's unpopularity with users.
Android Marshmallow closing in on Lollipop
Google's latest data collected during the first days of this month show Nougat still struggling to reach the 5 percent barrier, while Android Lollipop's domination is finally approaching its end.
Sudo Mod's mintyPi 2.0 fits a game console in an Altoids tin
Thanks to the small size of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Sudo Mod has created a beautiful retro gaming system into an Altoids case.
A handful of smartwatches will be updated to Android Wear 2.0 soon
Android Wear 2.0 comes to four more smartwatches—three from LG and one sporting the New Balance brand.
Google Duo's audio-calling feature now available worldwide
Google Duo now allows voice calling from anywhere in the world. The feature should appeal to users who are interested in the app but are subject to carrier-imposed data restrictions.
LineageOS now supports 15 more devices
The latest LineageOS update brings a new Gallery app, Quick Settings tiles, as well as support for more than a dozen devices, including the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 tablet, T-Mobile's LG V20, various Galaxy Note II variants, and more.
Bixby to reach Germany by the end of the year
Although Samsung's answer to Apple Siri and Google Assistant only made its debut with support for English and Korean, the South Korean giant has just confirmed that Bixby is scheduled to become available in Germany by the end of 2017.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 receive Android 7.0
Both variants of this slim Android tablet receive the Nougat update in Europe, so the US should follow in the coming weeks as well. In addition to the usual Nougat changes, the new firmware also comes with Game Launcher.
The Windows Store has officially banned emulators
Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server
The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME
Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.
Fairphone 2 to finally get Android Marshmallow
Although way behind other brands, Fairphone is now ready to launch Marshmallow for its second handset but also unveiled that the company's original handset would also get Android 4.4.4 KitKat at some point in the future.
Huawei Honor Beta program launches in the US
While the Honor 8 Pro goes on pre-order in Europe, Huawei launches the Honor Beta program in the US, promising to offer for testing both hardware and software products scheduled to launch "in one or even two years from now."
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets Android Nougat on Sprint
Although the most recent Note phablet still available for the masses received the Nougat update in other parts of the world already, Sprint now becomes the first US carrier to roll out Android 7.0 in the country.
Microsoft publishes details on Windows 10 data collection
New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking
The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
Apple updates Music for Android
This app for music lovers got out of the beta stage a few months ago, and now it gets a major interface overhaul that makes it look similar to the version available for Apple iOS 10 devices.
Twitch's online game store now open for business
The new service will allow users to buy the PC game in the stream they're watching. The store will offer 50 titles to start, and Twitch Partners will get 5% of purchases made from their stream.
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