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Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Gloriously Good Enough

Windows 8.1's recent update was a subtle but effective boost. Windows Phone's 8.1 power up follows the same cues. It's not mind-blowing, it's not world-changing, it's nothing to jump around and scream about, but it turns Windows Phone into something it's never quite been before: an OS that's totally good enough. Read More >>

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Before the iPhone Launched, Android Didn't Support Touchscreens

It's virtually impossible to imagine now, but back when the iPhone was launched in 2007, Google wasn't planning to make Android for touchscreen devices. Read More >>

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HTC One Misses KitKat Android 4.4 Update Deadline, Which Just Isn't Good Enough

HTC is finding the KitKat update a little harder to prepare than it thought, with the company revealing it's going to miss its self-imposed 90-day deadline for bringing Google's latest code to its beloved HTC One flagship model. Read More >>

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HP Would Very Much Rather You Buy a Windows 7 PC

HP is bringing back Windows 7 "by popular demand"—it's not clear from whom—and making it pretty difficult to buy a computer with Windows 8. Who needs the future when you've got the very recent past? Read More >>

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No KitKat Action Coming to HTC's One X and One X+

HTC's told owners of its old (in phone years) models the HTC One X and One X+ that they won't be getting any more big OS updates, telling owners that their phones "will not receive further Android updates & will remain on the current version of Android." If you want the new stuff, buy a new phone. Harsh. [Twitter via Techradar] Read More >>

privacy
Google Removes New Android Privacy Feature, Says it Was an Accident

Yesterday, we published a blog post lauding an extremely important app privacy feature that was added in Android 4.3. That feature allows users to install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user's location or address book. Read More >>

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The Awesome Privacy Tools in Android 4.3

To date, there has been no way to run apps on Android with real and reliable privacy controls. Android version 4.3 and higher take a huge step in the right direction, letting users install apps while denying some of the apps' attempts to collect the user's data. Read More >>

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Android 4.4 Explodes Onto... 1.1 Per Cent of Android Devices

The latest set of Android user version data shows that Google and its hardware buddies still haven't got it together when it comes to rolling out the newest versions of its code, with just 1.1 per cent of all Android users on the latest KitKat software a month after it first appeared on the Nexus 5. Read More >>

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Google Confirms its Android Camera App is About to Get Way Better

Earlier this month, a batch of comments in Android source code hinted that the camera app was about to get a shot in the arm. Now, Google has confirmed that's the case. Read More >>

apple
You Can Now Download the Apple II's DOS Source Code from Back in 1978

The Computer History Museum has released something rather special for you to download: the original DOS source code for the 1978 Apple II. Read More >>

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CyanogenMod Launches "One Click" Android Custom ROM Installer

The popular CyanogenMod range of custom Android versions has taken a big step toward mass public use, thanks to the developer releasing a "one click" installer app on Google's own app shop to help everyone switch to the massively modded custom OS. Read More >>

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Genius Intern Builds Ordnance Survey Minecraft Map of Great Britain

A staggering Minecraft map constructed of around 22 billion blocks has been published by the Ordnance Survey, with our legendary national mapping unit building a realistic 224,000 square kilometre map of the entirety of Great Britain. Read More >>

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Oppo Aims for the Hardcore Android Enthusiast Pound With CyanogenMod OS N1

That bonkers phone there is the Oppo N1, a new Android model that's exciting for two big reasons. First, there's that odd looking rotating camera it's put on the top of it, plus Android nerds will be beside themselves with joy thanks to the phone's official support for the hacker's OS version of choice, CyanogenMod. Read More >>

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Apple Offers 'Last Compatible Versions' of iOS Apps for Ageing Devices

With iOS 7 due to land tomorrow, Apple seems to have decided to look after users with ageing hardware, too. It now offers a 'last compatible version' of iOS apps if you attempt to download an app not supported by your current firmware. Read More >>

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If Robert Downey Jr Doesn't Save HTC, Maybe a China-Only Platform Will

Mobile maker HTC, which has been Haemorrhaging Taiwanese Cash for the last year or two, is rumoured to be launching its own mobile OS. The phone software would be only for use in China, where Android is currently particularly rampant. Read More >>

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