10 million users help Microsoft test Windows 10

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Microsoft has amassed over 10 million volunteer testers who help the Redmond tech giant to rigorously test and polish the software. Anyone can sign up to test Windows 10, and now 10 million people are helping Microsoft refine and improve its operating system. Unlike the development of Windows 7 and Windows 8, the tech giant has remained open about the development process and the expected features that would make a certain Windows 10 version. When the company introduced the program in 2014, it wasn’t expected to get such a huge…

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Apple releases new versions of its Operating system

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Apple has released four new versions of its four operating systems for all its devices — iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. The america’s tech giant released iOS 10.3 to the public, marking the launch of the third major update to the iOS 10 operating system since it launched on September 13, 2016.  iOS 10.3 has been in testing since January 24 and Apple seeded seven betas to developers and public beta testers before releasing the software. iOS 10.3 is available as a free over-the-air update for…

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Intel Tries to Fire Up High-End PC Demand With New Memory Chips

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Intel Corp. is going back to its roots as a memory chipmaker in a bid to get consumers excited about high-end desktop computers. The world’s largest chipmaker, whose processors power eight out of ten PCs sold worldwide — and provide the bulk of Intel’s revenue — is offering a new memory chip package it says will improve desktop performance in a way that consumers will notice and be willing to pay for. For Intel, which was founded in the 1960s as a maker of memory chips, the push back into that…

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Google disables Gchat to foist Hangouts

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One of the best parts about using Gmail is Gchat, the instant-messaging function that lets you chat with other Google users and still look like you’re the most productive person in the room. Google is replacing Google Talk. Google released Hangouts back in 2013 as a more feature-filled chat service to take the place of Talk in the Gmail sidebar, but users have been able to stick with the older, more basic service if they chose. Google has been touting Hangouts features, which include group video calling and integration with…

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Android O will make notification customization easier.

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Android has never been well known for having the most user-friendly settings options. Google has rolled out the first developer preview of Android O, the next version of its Android operating system. With Google’s new OS, users be able to customize ringtones, alarm, and notification settings from the phone itself with files that have been downloaded from the web, email, or a cloud storage service.  The new OS is still in early stages and has been made available in the form of first developer preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P,…

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YouTube’s AI can now describe sound effects

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YouTube understands the power of video to tell stories, move people, and leave a lasting impression. One part of storytelling that many people take for granted is sound, yet sound adds color to the world around us. YouTube has had automated captions for its videos since 2009, and now it’s expanding the feature to include captions for sound effects. While those three were some of the most frequent manually captioned sounds, YouTube says it’s only in the early stages of making improvements for its deaf and hard of hearing users.…

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Samsung Aims To Expand Contactless Payment Reach

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Samsung is looking to expand its contactless payment reach, as they have just announced earlier today that they’re joining the Contactless Companion Platform (CCP) initiative, along with ecosystem partners Smartlink and Ingenico.  Like Android Pay and Apple Pay, CCP relies exclusively on near field communications (NFC), and not Samsung’s proprietary Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), to deliver payment information from a user’s device to a point-of-sale payment terminal. CCP would help Samsung expand the reach of contactless payments beyond Samsung Pay-compatible devices. Potential payment devices could include anything from a payment card…

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Uber Rival Grab Said Raising $1.5 Billion in New Funding Round

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Grab, Uber Technologies Inc.’s largest rival in Southeast Asia, plans to raise more than $1.5 billion in a new funding round backed by SoftBank Group Corp., people familiar with the matter said. SoftBank is pledging about $1 billion in the ride-sharing company backed by Tiger Global Management and GGV Capital, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is private. It wasn’t clear if the money was coming from the Japanese company itself or its yet-to-close SoftBank Vision Fund. Grab’s financing could be a record for Southeast…

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Google announces app updates to Allo, Duo, and Photos

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Google has announced a slew of updates to its Duo, Allo, and Photos apps, including new calling capabilities, file transfers, and easier photo sharing. Google Duo will also offer audio-only calls on Android and iOS. The new feature is now available in Brazil and will be arriving “around the world in the coming days,” according to Google.  Google reported that they are now adding audio-only calling in Duo. So in those moments when video calling isn’t an option users can stay connected with family and friends through audio calling. Duo…

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Instagram to become a Challenge to Yelp

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Instagram, the photo-sharing application owned by Facebook Inc., will soon let people book appointments with businesses, part of an effort to expand the app’s consumer uses. People will be able to set up a haircut, for example, by going to a salon’s Instagram profile and clicking on a button to schedule it. The move could challenge companies like Priceline Group Inc.’s OpenTable and Yelp Inc.  The new feature, set to roll out in the next couple months, will give the photo-sharing application’s more than 1 million active advertisers a more…

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