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Microsoft revealed last week that it’s planning to rebuild the Xbox One dashboard with a focus on speed. While the software giant revealed common tasks will be faster, Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering for Xbox, has now teased exactly what the new dashboard will look like. Microsoft is adding a new Xbox button part of the guide that slides into view, with the ability to quickly switch between recent apps or games without having to navigate back to the home of the dashboard.
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Microsoft revealed last week that it’s planning to rebuild the Xbox One dashboard with a focus on speed. While the software giant revealed common tasks will be faster, Mike Ybarra, head of platform...
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HTC is getting 2017 off to a flying start with an unseasonably early announcement of its next flagship phone: the U Ultra.
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The 5.7-inch U Ultra ushers in a new all-glass design at a premium price
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Nintendo is streaming the big reveal of the Nintendo Switch where we hope we'll get the first details on Nintendo Switch's release date, launch games, and price.
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There are two live streams planned for the big reveal of the Nintendo Switch next week. Here's how to watch.
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If you are ever likely to want Windows 10 on any PC, then you should upgrade it before 29 July. This is true even if you don’t intend to use Windows 10 for a few years, if ever.

The key point is that each qualified PC has to register the Windows 10 upgrade online on Microsoft’s activation server by 29 July. The activation, not the code, is what makes the Windows 10 upgrade free. If you were to use exactly the same code on exactly the same PC a few days later, the activation would not be free.

The online activation procedure means you can’t usefully save Windows 10 upgrade code, or transfer an upgrade from a different laptop. (In fact, pre-installed copies of Windows are locked to a specific device, and can’t legally be moved to a different device.)

Windows 10’s online activation procedure creates a hash code based on your PC’s hardware, mainly the motherboard and processor. Microsoft stores this code for future reference. After that, you can upgrade to Windows 10 then roll back to Windows 7 as often as you like.

Windows 7 was launched in 2009 and will be supported until 2020, so you can keep using it until then. However, if you think you might want to use Windows 10 before 2020, or you plan to keep using your current PC through 2020 and beyond, then you should take the free upgrade while it’s available. The PC manufacturers, who are Microsoft’s real customers, would much rather sell you a new PC running Windows 10 than have Microsoft upgrade your old one.

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In 40 years, the internet has morphed from a military communication network into a vast global cyberspace. And it all started in a California beer garden.
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Android Wear 2.0, the next iteration of Google’s smartwatch operating system, will be released to the public in February. The calendar date is not yet set in stone, but Google is now notifying developers of an impending release just a few weeks away to help those with unsupported Android Wear code be prepared to update their apps or else find the software unavailable in the Play Store.
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Get ready for more Google smartwatches
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Nokia revealed last month that it would be returning to the smartphone market this year. HMD Global, a Finnish company that was founded to create phones under the Nokia brand name, revealed the...
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A Texan schoolgirl accidentally ordered a doll’s house using the gadget. Then, when local news reported the story, it triggered viewers’ own devices. But accidental shopping isn’t its only quirk.
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Phones at CES 2017
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ARM Holdings has agreed to be sold to Japan’s SoftBank for £24.3bn, in a deal that will see Britain’s most successful technology company transferred to foreign ownership to capitalise on the growth of “the internet of things”.

The Cambridge-based group, whose microchips are used in the iPhone and more than 95% of all smartphones, said its board would recommend the all-cash deal to shareholders.

SoftBank will pay £17 a share – 43% more than ARM’s closing share price on Friday and 41% more than ARM’s all-time high closing share price. ARM shareholders will also received an interim dividend of 3.78p a share.
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