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The best M #2 update is the app drawer, which dumped the awful side letter indicators and went back to a normal layout. The search bar now looks like a search bar and the last used app row is still there. 24 more images in gallery .related-stories { display: none !important; } Google pushed out …

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The original Android M Developer Preview wasn’t just a one-time release—Google promised updates. The first of those updates has been released today, called the “Android M Developer Preview 2.” We’re not sure what the update adds yet, but we’re going to start digging. Here’s Google’s description: Android M Developer Preview 2 is an incremental update to the …

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Up until now, Apple has kept beta versions of major iOS releases locked away behind its $99-a-year developer paywall. You didn’t need to actually be a developer to sign up for an account and play with the software, but you either needed to pay up or violate the terms of use by getting someone else …

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Apple has been running OS X public betas for both Yosemite and El Capitan, but it only began offering public betas for iOS in March, and those were only for smallish point updates. Now the company is taking a bigger step: it just released the first public beta of iOS 9, the next major release of …

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When we tried out a Microsoft’s augmented reality HoloLens prototype at E3 this year, our impressions (like those of many others) focused on the device’s limited field-of-view. The experience was a bit like seeing a realistic, phantom world through a small magic window in the center of your view. The rest of your vision is …

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IBM, working with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, SUNY, and various equipment suppliers, has produced the world’s first 7nm chip with functional transistors. While it should be stressed that commercial 7nm chips remain at least two years away, this test chip from IBM and its partners is extremely significant for three reasons: it’s a working sub-10nm chip (this is pretty …

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Have you heard about HTC lately? 2015 is shaping up to be an awful year for the company. In March the company had a market cap of $4.06 billion, and today—only a few months later—it’s worth less than half of that. The stock price, at about two bucks a share, is at a 10-year low. HTC just wrapped up the second …

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Satya Nadella. Microsoft The prevailing wisdom is that Windows Phone is an unmitigated disaster that has failed globally. Microsoft appears to have responded accordingly, gutting what was left of its phone division with 7,800 layoffs and writing down $7.6 billion of assets acquired in the purchase of Nokia’s Devices and Services business. This comes shortly …