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Nintendo announces its latest handheld console, the New 2DS XL

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:18:01 +0000

A few years ago, Nintendo launched its cheaper handheld console, the 2DS. Today, Nintendo has announced the New Nintendo 2DS XL, that sports a clamshell design, larger displays, and a C-stick. Read more...(image)

Xbox One Insider Preview build 15063.3033 is available in the Alpha ring - here's what's new

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:06:02 +0000

Microsoft today released a new Xbox One Insider Preview build to the Alpha ring, bringing the build number to 15063.3033. It's a preview of version 1705, which is the next feature update. Read more...(image)

Yep, it's dead: Microsoft phone revenue fell to $5m last quarter, from $1.4bn two years ago

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:46:50 +0000

If you've been clinging to the fantasy that Microsoft's Windows phone division is still alive and well, think again: the company's own figures show that it generated just $5m in revenue last quarter. Read more...(image)

For Honor's upcoming season 'Shadow and Might' brings new heroes, Shinobi and Centurion

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:14:01 +0000

The second season of Ubisoft's fighting game, For Honor, is slated to arrive next month. The season is bringing two brand new heroes, the Shinobi and the Centurion, as well as two new maps, and more. Read more...(image)

Office Insider Preview version 15.34 is available for Mac users in the Fast ring

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:30:01 +0000

Microsoft today released a new build for Office for Mac Insiders on the Fast ring, bringing the build number to 170426 and the version number to 15.34. It adds some fixes and some features. Read more...(image)

iOS 10.3.2 beta 5 is now available for developers

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:14:01 +0000

Apple today released the fifth Developer Beta build of iOS 10.3.2. There weren't any new builds of macOS, watchOS, or tvOS, and as the version number indicates, there are no new features. Read more...(image)

Wikipedia's founder to launch Wikitribune, an evidence-based news site

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:58:02 +0000

In an attempt to fight fake news, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's founder, has announced the creation of Wikitribune, a novel news organization that will deliver news "by the people and for the people". Read more...(image)

Microsoft Q3 FY2017: Strong in cloud and productivity, but Surface revenue falls 26%

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:41:33 +0000

Microsoft's latest financial report shows continued strong performance for the company's cloud platform and its Office business, and while gaming and search revenues rose, Surface and Phone dropped. Read more...(image)

Six more games are coming to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:56:01 +0000

Microsoft has announced today the addition of six more titles to the Backward Compatibility program, which are Xbox 360 games that can be played on the Xbox One. Dead Space 2 and 3 are among them. Read more...(image)

You can now get the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update on your unsupported phone

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:40:01 +0000

When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update to the Release Preview ring, it said it would be an upgrade path for unsupported devices. This path is finally active. Read more...(image)

Chrome 59 will bring support for animated PNGs without extensions

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:23:07 +0000

The next version of Chrome will include support for animated PNG files, "without requiring any sort of browser extensions". APNG support has already existed in some browsers for a while now. Read more...(image)

Acer announced the Leap Ware smartwatch, coming in July for $139

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:08:01 +0000

Acer announced a new smartwatch today at its Next@Acer press conference in New York City called the Leap Ware. The device will be available beginning in July, starting at the price of $139. Read more...(image)

Apple and Nike launch limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab, from $369

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:52:01 +0000

After launching the Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch last year, a new 'NikeLab' edition of the device is now available, but aside from its strap design, it's identical to the standard Nike+ model. Read more...(image)

Acer launches a number of Windows 10 laptops and convertibles at its NYC event

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:14:01 +0000

Today, Acer held its Next@Acer press conference in New York City, where it showed off a range of new Windows 10-powered laptops and convertible devices under its Swift and Switch brands. Read more...(image)

Acer announces a new range of Windows 10 gaming laptops and monitors

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:56:01 +0000

Acer held its Next@Acer event in New York City today, where it announced a pair of new Predator gaming laptops, along with the Predator X27 monitor. There's also a new Nitro brand gaming laptop. Read more...(image)

Acer will ship Windows Mixed Reality headsets "later this year" for consumers and businesses

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:40:01 +0000

Acer's Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headset is "shipping in thousands" to developers, the company said today - but consumers and businesses will have to wait a while for retail versions. Read more...(image)

While Microsoft was busy investigating, hackers exploited Word flaw for months

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:06:01 +0000

A flaw in Microsoft's Word application was able to be exploited by hackers for months on end. The Redmond giant was in the middle of an in-depth investigation about it when attacks started in January. Read more...(image)

Microsoft apologizes for error in number of US foreign intelligence surveillance requests

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:42:02 +0000

Microsoft has issued a correction to data it provided earlier this month regarding the number of FISA surveillance requests it received from January to July 2016, after discovering a "human error". Read more...(image)

2D MOBA Awesomenauts to go free-to-play in May, major update 4.0 goes live in preparation

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:36:01 +0000

Awesomenauts received its 4.0 update today, adding a new progression system, new customization options, and more. The update arrives to ready the game for its free-to-play transition arriving in May. Read more...(image)

Chuwi LapBook 12.3 arrives in May with same resolution as Surface Pro 4, but costs just $349

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:20:01 +0000

Chuwi has apologized for the delayed release of its new LapBook 12.3, but promises that the device - which has a display with the same resolution as Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 - will launch next month. Read more...(image)

You can now play the original Tomb Raider in your browser, with unlocked FPS

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:34:02 +0000

Fans of the original Tomb Raider will now be able to play level two of the 21-year-old game in their browser. Dubbed OpenLara, it brings an unlocked framerate and a third- to first-person view switch. Read more...(image)

Nintendo Switch sales hit 2.74m in March, on course to beat Wii U lifetime sales in a year

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:18:01 +0000

Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switch consoles in its first month, and expects sales to total at least 13 million by April 2018, potentially matching or exceeding the Wii U's total sales since 2012. Read more...(image)

Take Note: Samsung says it will "launch a new flagship smartphone in second half" of 2017

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:30:01 +0000

Samsung confirmed that a new flagship phone will arrive in the second half of this year, following comments from its mobile chief in January, promising "a better, safer, and very innovative Note8." Read more...(image)

Get the Degoo Premium: Lifetime 2TB Backup Plan at 95% off, now just $59.99

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:01 +0000

With today's deal you can save an incredible $1140.01 off the Degoo Premium: Lifetime 2TB Backup Plan. Secure storage and transfers of more data than any other service, via Neowin Deals. Read more...(image)

Fitbit "actively investigating" incident in which Flex 2 device exploded on woman's wrist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:48:01 +0000

A woman from Wisconsin said that she was "literally just sitting and reading when my Fitbit exploded", leaving her with second-degree burns. Fitbit has said that it's looking into the incident. Read more...(image)

BlackBerry KEYone coming to Sprint; unlocked model priced at $549, launching May 31

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:22:03 +0000

BlackBerry has announced pricing details in the US and Canada for its new KEYone handset. The device was originally due to launch this month, but its release was pushed back until May. Read more...(image)

Casio's Pro Trek Smart Android Wear 2.0-powered smartwatch goes on sale for $500

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:06:02 +0000

The Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 smartwatch, powered by Android Wear 2.0 was announced at CES 2017 in January and the device is now finally available for purchase from Amazon US for $500. Read more...(image)

Almost 2 million Android devices could be infected with FalseGuide botnet malware

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:22:01 +0000

According to researchers at Check Point, nearly two million devices may now be infected with malware made available via the Google Play Store, the first of which was uploaded in November 2016. Read more...(image)

The sale of piracy-configured media boxes is now illegal, rules European Court of Justice

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:22:01 +0000

In a decision that's bound to have repercussions throughout the Union, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the sale of media boxes pre-configured for piracy is now illegal. Read more...(image)

Samsung says the Galaxy S8 and S8+'s always-on button won't suffer from screen burn-in

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:16:01 +0000

With Samsung ditching the physical buttons in favor of on-screen ones for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, users were concerned about potential screen burn-in. The company says they needn't worry about this. Read more...(image)

The Creators Update servicing schedule brings additional non-security updates each month

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:38:01 +0000

Microsoft has detailed a few changes it's making to the Creators Update servicing model, which would allow it to "routinely offer" either one or more additional updates each month. Read more...(image)

Forza Horizon 3 joins up with Hot Wheels in new expansion

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:22:01 +0000

A brand new location featuring Hot Wheels tracks is what's arriving in the upcoming Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels expansion. The expansion also includes a new campaign, ten new cars and more. Read more...(image)

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announces plans to reverse Title II net neutrality rules

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:06:01 +0000

The FCC will vote on a proposal to reverse the Title II classification for broadband on May 18, after which it will be open for public comment. A final vote will take place later this year. Read more...(image)

Call of Duty: WWII officially revealed, single-player trailer and more details emerge

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:54:02 +0000

The upcoming Sledgehammer Games-developed Call of Duty: WWII finally gets a trailer, with plenty of World War II action. The game arrives later this year for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Read more...(image)

Man rises against the machines, channels intoxicated fury to strike down security robot

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:40:01 +0000

A security robot from Knightscope was at the wrong place, at the wrong time. A man that was allegedly intoxicated decided to let loose and struck the unit, sending it to the ground. Read more...(image)

2017 will be the year of the Linux desktop... for GNOME on Ubuntu

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:04:01 +0000

Ubuntu 17.10 is shaping up to be a big upgrade, unlike 17.04. The release is now expected to ship with GNOME, Wayland, and possibly GDM. Unity 8, and Upstart will also be booted from the repos. Read more...(image)

Samsung's Dutch subsidiary develops 'In-Traffic Reply' app to halt distracted driving

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:48:01 +0000

This new app from Samsung's Dutch subsidiary aims to curb distracted driving by sending automated replies to whoever is contacting you whenever you are riding a bike or are in traffic. Read more...(image)

Amazon's new Echo Look has a camera so Alexa can judge you

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:34:01 +0000

Amazon today announced the Echo Look, a virtual "style assistant", which is similar to an Echo except for the fact that it has a camera on it. It's available to purchase with an invitation. Read more...(image)

Microsoft reveals new Cortana-based Invoke speaker supports Spotify and other music services

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:17:27 +0000

An update to the Cortana app on Android has confirmed that Harman Kardon's new Invoke speaker - which will use voice controls powered by the digital assistant - will support a range of music services. Read more...(image)

Halo 5 developer agrees Master Chief's reduced role in the campaign was a mistake

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:01 +0000

343 Industries' Franchise Director, Frank O'Connor, has stated fans were disappointed with the role Master Chief played in Halo 5, and that they underestimated how attached players have become to him. Read more...(image)

Having ditched Windows 10 Mobile, NuAns is crowdfunding new Neo Reloaded Android 7.1 phone

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:07:17 +0000

The NuAns Neo ran Windows 10 Mobile, but the Neo Reloaded runs Android 7.1 Nougat. Priced from $355, the design of the Neo Reloaded is similar to the old model, but some key specs have been upgraded. Read more...(image)

Grab "The Ultimate HTML Reference" eBook by SitePoint - for free

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:01 +0000

On the surface, HTML may seem simple but there's much more to it than meets the eye, and now thanks to our partners, you can pick up "The Ultimate HTML Reference" eBook - for free. Read more...(image)

Vizio announces M and P series XLED TVs

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:42:01 +0000

The M and P series of HDR XLED TVs from Vizio have just been unveiled. Prices range from $799.99 for the 50'' M-Series model, and can go up as high as $3,499.99 for the 75'' P-Series variant. Read more...(image)

Chinese whispers: Lenovo reportedly closing ZUK Mobile, bringing ZUI to some Moto devices

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:08:01 +0000

After abandoning the Motorola brand, and then reaffirming its commitment to it, Lenovo is now said to be shutting down ZUK Mobile, while allegedly adding its ZUI interface to some Moto handsets. Read more...(image)

Instagram now has 700 million monthly active users, up by 100 million in four months

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:02:02 +0000

Instagram took six months to grow its monthly active user base from 500 million to 600 million. Now, it's grown to 700 million MAUs in the last four months, with 400 million daily users. Read more...(image)

Get this Ultimate Learn to Code 2017 Bundle for just $49 via Neowin Deals

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:01 +0000

With today's deal, save over $1,000 off The Ultimate Learn to Code 2017 Bundle. This immersive, multi-faceted programming education (80+ hours) will push you to the top of the job market. Read more...(image)

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update goes live, includes Overwatch's Genji, Loot Chests and more

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:18:01 +0000

Heroes of the Storm received its much anticipated 2.0 update today, adding new and easier methods of unlocking heroes, a Loot Chest system, Genji from Overwatch as a hero and more. Read more...(image)

Concept shows how Windows 10's 'Composable Shell' could work

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:02:01 +0000

The adaptive shell for Windows 10 that Microsoft is presumably working on is still very far off, but that hasn't stopped some from creating concepts of how it could work across devices. Read more...(image)

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update: A handful of new features, and some major omissions

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:46:02 +0000

Microsoft has begun its rollout of the Creators Update for (some) Windows 10 Mobile phones, but it has far fewer new features compared with the PC release, and there are some notable omissions too. Read more...(image)

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update begins rolling out, but only these 13 handsets will get it

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:30:11 +0000

Two weeks after its release for PCs, Microsoft has finally commenced its Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rollout - but only 13 handsets will be officially eligible to install this latest OS version. Read more...(image)