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Cortana has been available on Android for a year now (in the US at least), and Microsoft recently made its virtual assistant even more useful by making it accessible on the lock screen.

Today, however, the company takes things a stage further by making it possible to interact with Cortana above the lock.

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Android Nougat on Samsung Galaxy S7

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Samsung started the Android Nougat roll-out for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge last week, but only members of the Galaxy Beta Program could get it right away. That changes today, as Samsung is finally making the much-awaited update available to more users, starting in China and UK.

After installing the hefty Android Nougat update on my Galaxy S7 edge, it became immediately clear that Samsung has put in a lot of effort to deliver a much more user-friendly experience.

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PC shipments will continue to decline in 2016, according to a new IDC forecast, but the drop will be slightly lower than previously expected. What’s more, things will improve even more in 2017.

IDC expects PC vendors to ship a total of 258.2 million units this year, a figure which would be 6.4 percent lower than last year. The previous estimate was a 7.2 percent fall, which IDC announced in August. Growth will still be negative in 2017, but shipments are expected to decrease by just 2.6 percent compared to this year.

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The recently unveiled MacBook Pro (2016) complete with its Touch Bar has been praised and criticized in just about equal measure. One of the biggest criticisms levelled at Apple is that RAM is limited to 16GB. Why such a cap on a professional device?

Apple has revealed that the reason for the limit is nothing to do with — as some may have suspected — keeping costs down (as if!), but rather due to concerns about battery life. The reasoning may be fairly sound, but the full explanation may not be enough to silence critics completely.

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When it comes to shopping for PC gaming hardware, there are often three types of consumers — hardcore, budget, and those that fall in between. Hardcore gamers will spend massive amounts of money to get the absolute best performance. Budget gamers, however, aim for respectable specifications at affordable prices.

If you fall into the budget category, today, NVIDIA announces two new graphics cards that will make you very excited — GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti.

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Apple’s Mac computers — MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac mini — are works of art. Not only is the hardware beautiful, but the included operating system is visually impressive too. Today, after a series of Beta releases, the final 10.12 version of the desktop operating system formerly known as OS X — now known as ‘macOS’ — is available for download. Apple dubs the latest version of the desktop operating system ‘Sierra’, after a mountain range in the company’s home state of California.

While Windows 10 is a great operating system for productivity, Microsoft simply cannot match the visual beauty of macOS.

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Microsoft apps will be pre-loaded on Lenovo and Motorola Android devices

There was a time when Microsoft was seen as the enemy of the Linux and Apple communities. Understandably, at the time, the company only wanted Windows to succeed. Nowadays, however, the operating system is sort of inconsequential. Microsoft seems happy to have its software succeed on ‘competitor’ platforms such as iOS, Android, macOS, Ubuntu and more.

Today, Microsoft announces that it has partnered with Lenovo on a new mobile initiative. The Windows-maker’s productivity apps will be pre-loaded on Lenovo and Motorola-branded devices running Google’s Linux-based Android operating system.

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Microsoft is bringing Windows Holographic to all Windows 10 usersBelieve the hype and you’re probably under the impression that virtual reality, augmented reality, or some hybrid of the two is where the future of computing lies.

Microsoft certainly thinks that AR/VR has an important role to play and today the company announced that an update to Windows 10 next year will bring Windows Holographic to everyone. The company is working with Intel to come up with the specification for mixed reality ready PCs and head mounted displays.

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Google will block Flash in Chrome 53

Following the lead of Apple with Safari in macOS Sierra, and Mozilla with Firefox, Google has announced that Chrome will begin to block Flash content. Start with Chrome 53 in September, Google will “de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5”.

Google says that the decision has been made to improve security, performance, and battery life, and it builds on an earlier change that made some Flash content click-to-play rather than loading it by default.

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Google previews faster search results with Accelerated Mobile Pages

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Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project aims to speed up the web for mobile users. The company has just announced that the technology is being previewed in mobile search results to help searchers get to the content they want faster.

As the name suggests, this is something that is only rolling out to the mobile side of Google search, and it works in a similar way to Facebook’s Instant Articles. As AMP is still in fairy early stages of development, the technology is not yet perfect and site support is a little limited, but it all bodes well and the preview period gives the likes of you and I the chance to see what all the fuss is about.

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