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Xbox One controller remapping arrives to New Xbox One Experience

Having been teased a short time ago, Xbox's Mike Ybarra has confirmed that those in the preview program and on the New Xbox One Experience trial will be getting controller remapping in the latest build which should be starting to hit consoles. He confirmed the news on Twitter:

He also confirmed it works for all controllers (which is good considering the Elite hasn't launched yet) so if you're in the program follow the instructions above and get to it!

Let us know how it works for you in the comments below.

Source: @XboxQwik

LINE brings Letter Sealing feature for added security

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Back in the days when we used to write actual, physical letters to our loved ones, if you don’t want anyone to accidentally or deliberately read something before it reaches its intended, you would seal the letter with either glue, stickers, stamps, or maybe even all of the above. But now, when most of our communication is through messaging apps, what can you do? Well, apparently, for LINE, it still “sealing” the messages.

The popular messaging app is bringing Letter Sealing to all those using the apps, both mobile and desktop, and have upgraded to the latest version. It adds another security measure so that there will be no unauthorized access, even during the message delivery process. Basically it is an encryption system known as End-To-End encryption (E2EE), which means that your messages are given an extra layer of protection. It scrambles the message you sent with a key so that only the receiving device will be able to see that key instead of a centralized server. LINE says that it is “technically impossible” for any of the messages to be disclosed to a third line party or even their own servers.

For now, Letter Sealing is only applied to individual chats and location sharing, but eventually, they are looking to use it on different features of the messaging app. This is the latest in a series of additional security features and programs that LINE has been bringing to consumers in the light of several security breaches with various tech brands.

To be able to enjoy Letter Sealing, your LINE app must be updated to the 5.3.0 version or the latest and you need to manually turn it on in the settings. Full encryption is applied when both sender and receiver have this enabled.


Hands-on with the Surface Pro 4

We didn't have enough time to shoot a hands-on video for the Surface Pro 4 during the announcements, but thanks to Microsoft, we were given another chance to play briefly with it before it hits the stores. Watch our hands-on video.

Angry Birds 2 and Angry Birds Pop Halloween-ified in new update

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As expected, zombies and other sorts of undead creatures will be invading your Angry Bird mobile games as we celebrate Halloween in a few weeks. Both Angry Bird Pop and Angry Bird 2 will have new features and new levels that will get you in the mood for scary creatures or might turn you into a monster if you get frustrated by the pigs. Both updates are free and will only probably last until the season is over.

Angry Bird Pop, the bubble popping version of our favorite war between avians and swines, will be updated with The Popping Dead. It will bring 20 new levels of Halloween-themed fun, including the return of Red as a playable character. Your task is to get the candy back from the sweets-stealing pigs, and Red’s Rock Pop ability will help you achieve that goal faster. If you want to earn extra rewards, you can also collect special candy.


For Angry Birds 2, you’ll be getting an undead love story with Snotting Hill. Okay, it’s not really a love story but more like the continuation of the ongoing hate story between the two groups in Piggy Island. 20 levels will be added full of snot and slime to get you in the mood for Halloween.


You also get an additional feature wherein you can see how your friends are doing, Angry Birds-wise. You just click on their names and you can see their profile, including their birds’ levels, other stats, and their placement on the leaderboards. The updates for Angry Birds Pop and Angry Birds 2 are now available on the Google Play Store.

VIA: Droid Gamers

Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft’s site

People who want to buy Microsoft's new Surface Book laptop-tablet hybrid will have to look somewhere other than the company's online retail store, for the moment.

The online Microsoft Store isn't allowing prospective customers to pre-order the new device. Instead it asks that they leave their email address so they can be notified when it's next available.

Fortunately for Microsoft, this means that there's healthy demand for the machines. It's a positive sign that the Surface Book, which marks Microsoft's entry into the laptop market, has clearly piqued users' interest. It's more validation of Microsoft's strategy of building its own PCs after it avoided the market for much of the company's history. 

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Toshiba sale offers up to $400 off select laptops

If you're looking for a good deal on a laptop, Toshiba may be worth a look. The PC giant is currently offering up to $400 off on select laptops — 4 to be exact.

CloudPlayer now has support for Android Wear, Android Auto and AllPlay

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Gone are the days when your music players only had the ability to play the songs that are stored on your device. Now you have music streaming services where you don’t even need to have songs saved on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. You also have apps like doubleTwist’s CloudPlayer that can play music stored on your cloud accounts. The latest update to this app brings support for Android Wear, Android Auto and AllPlay, all the better to have more options to control your music.

If you’re not familiar with CloudPlayer yet, it’s an app that can play both the actual songs on your device, as well as your music that’s stored on your most popular cloud apps like Dropbox, One Drive, and Google Drive. Version 1.0.9 of the app now brings you support for other platforms that can give you better control over where you want to playback your music. If you’re in a situation where controlling your music is more convenient on your wrist, then now you can do so through any smartwatch running on Android Wear.

If you’re driving and your vehicle is fitted out with Android Auto, then you can also use it to play your music using CloudPlayer. And with support for AllPlay, it also becomes the only music app that supports three streaming devices, including Chromecast and Airplay, out of the box. So this means you can stream your music to the recently released Chromecast Audio or AllPlay speakers, all through your cloud or local device.



You can download CloudPlayer for free from the Google Play Store. If you already have it, just check the page to update your app.

SOURCE: doubleTwist

Waze releases results of Global Driver Satisfaction Index 


If you’re curious what are the driving conditions in other countries, traffic navigation app Waze has got you covered. They evaluated the driving experience of 50 million drivers in 32 countries, and including 167 metro areas. The results have now been released in the first ever Global Driver Satisfaction Index, considering six key factors that affect how satisfying or miserable they are in both driving and commuting. The Dutch came out with the best driving experience while Costa Rica has the worst.

They based the index on six key factors and asked the drivers to give a single numerical score from satisfying (10) to miserable (1). The Traffic Level (how often and how bad are the traffic jams); Road quality and infrastructure; Driver safety (number of accidents, road accidents, weather); Driver services (access to gas stations, good parking options); Socio-Economic (access to cars, increasing and decreasing gas prices); and last but definitely not the least for them, the “Wazeyness”, which is actually how good (or bad) the Waze community is in terms of helping fellow drivers.


Based on the results, it looks like the Netherlands, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, is the best place to be a driver (among other things). In terms of cities, Phoenix, Arizona received the best scores when it comes to the best driving conditions in the world. The Netherlands also topped the “charts” when it comes to having the best traffic conditions, along with Slovakia, Sweden, and Czech Republic. The Philippines, Guatemala, and Venezuela are the bottom of the table, with Manila having "the worst traffic on earth” on a city level.

In terms of Wazeyness, which is probably the most important for them, Belgium is "the most Wazey country on Earth” because the smiley face is their most chosen Mood in the app, while Indonesia has the most stressed or unhappy emoticons in the app. You can read the full report on the source link below.


Apple loses patent case over A7 chip, faces $860M in damages

A jury on Tuesday decided that Apple's A7 smartphone chip infringes a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin, and the iPhone maker could now be on the hook for as much as $862 million in damages.

The lawsuit was filed early last year and accused Apple of using a processor technology developed by university researchers in Apple's A7 chip, which was used in its newest products at the time, including the iPhone 5S and iPad Air.

The jury began hearing the case last week, and on Tuesday it found Apple liable for infringement of all six patent claims, the verdict form shows.

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The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is an Android-powered off-road navigation device

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When you stick to the main roads and highways (like we do), Google Maps should be more than enough navigation help for you. But for the adventuring types – those who frequent trails and do off-road driving – they need a different level of GPS navigation help, those that give them more data about these lesser-travelled roads than Google Maps does. For that, there is the Magellan eXplorist TRX7.

The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is a GPS car navigation module made by Powersports, and will be displayed at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida starting on Thursday. This nav module was designed with the off-roading enthusiast in mind. The module gives you more information about driver safety when driving these roads, and detailed 3D maps and community-generated trail data.

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What it is physically is robust, top say the least. You have the module encased in rugged weatherproof material, meeting IP67 dust and water resistance certification. You get a 7-inch LCD display, with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and is powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 processor. The whole device runs on Android 4.2. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD expansion slot.

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The focus on storage is so that the device can accommodate new maps for trails as they are developed. Right out of the box, you get data for over 44,000 trails, all with high resolution images and 3D terrain rendering. The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 will be available for USD$599.

SOURCE: Magellan

Game Troopers teases mystery RPG coming to Windows Phone

Game Troopers is at it yet again, teasing an upcoming game for Windows Phone that is claimed to be a "blockbuster." The publisher has posted a new video to YouTube teasing the impending arrival of the game, but it's playing coy with what exactly that game is.

All Game Troopers is saying is that it's a role playing game where you create a hero to take down monsters and "dark forces." You can be a knight, warrior, archer, wizard, monk, delist, or engineer. There are single-player and multiplayer modes on board, and you tap around to both move and attack. Game Troopers says that the game will run great on low memory devices, and it will be free to play.

There's some footage included in the video above, but the game isn't ringing any bells for us here at Windows Central. So take a quick look at the video and shout out in the comments if you know the answer!

Source: Game Troopers (YouTube)

iPhone 6s display teardown reveals how 3D Touch sensors actually work

3D Touch is one of the cornerstone features of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. But there’s still quiet a bit of mystery as to how Apple implemented this new pressure-sensitive technology in the new iPhones.

To shed a little bit of light on that mystery, the team at iFixit has conducted a full teardown of the iPhone 6s Retina HD display assembly, layer by layer, to reveal the intricacies of the 3D Touch sensor technology and give us “the skinny on what makes this year’s hardware so unique.”

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ZTE Nubia X8 images leaked, might have touch-sensitive buttons

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ZTE is one of the few Chinese phone manufacturers in the market today that’s quite reliable when it comes to delivering Android smartphones. ZTE phones may not directly compete with the biggest device makers like Samsung or Apple but it certainly has a crowd-following. Thanks to the mobile phones introduced by the brand that remain to be affordable even with specs and features that are good enough.

By “good enough” we mean some specs can be found in high-end phones but cost is still low. ZTE’s next offering is this Nubia X8 which was rumored a few months ago. A teaser was shared over on Weibo, telling us the phone will launch this coming October 15. That’s only a couple of days from today so we’re not surprised that images are leaked prior to official launch.

What’s special about the ZTE Nubia X8 is that phone is believed to have touch-sensitive buttons particularly on the side used to control the volume. This idea is new for a smartphone but since several touch technologies like Force Touch and ClearForce are being introduced, it could just be the start of touch-sensitive buttons. If that’s the case then we can also say that this model will have a fingerprint sensor.

Looking at the images, the Nubia X8 smartphone seems to be bezel-less, making it quite attractive like the ZTE Nubia Z9. Interestingly, there’s a mention of a 4GB RAM so that puts it in the flagship category so we can’t say for sure if this is just mid-range or already considered premium.

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VIA: gizchina

Change in Windows 10 build 10565 makes activation less of a headache

This week's release of the latest Windows 10 Insider build, 10565, brought plenty of great improvements to the OS. However, one of the more interesting changes that Microsoft slipped in deals with making activation much easier for those doing a clean install of Windows 10 on a machine that previously ran Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Here are the details from the changelog:

Device activation improvements: We have received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys. If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn't automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key. If you do a clean install of Windows 10 by booting off the media, you can also enter the product key from prior Windows versions on qualifying devices during setup. Refer to the Insider Hub for more information on these activation improvements including requirements.

Samsung releases Game Tuner app, lets you adjust game graphics

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If you own any of the latest premium flagship phones from Samsung, you're not just lucky because you get to use Samsung Pay. On that Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 of yours, you can now adjust resolution scaling and maximum frame rate of games you know that drain your phone's battery faster than normal. Yep, those smartphones have the best screen displays in the mobile industry today and admit it or not, those visuals and fluid graphics can drain the battery quickly and exhaust your processor.

Some of the more popular games played on those high-end Samsung Galaxy phone include Hearthstone which is played at 1080p. It's up to you to change the graphics resolution to 2K (1440p actually) or even down to 480p. The latter may be okay if you want the game to load faster and you want to conserve your battery. With the new Game Tuner app, you can even adjust frame rate from 15fps to 60fps. If you can't decide on what setting to choose, just select any of the preset modes available.

Samsung's Game Tuner is one useful app for true blue gamers. Finally, an app that allows you to decide what frame rate or resolution is good enough for your geeky eyes. Full HD or high-resolution images are nice, no doubt about it, but you know, some machines can't really handle them. If they can be rendered properly, chances are, phone battery will be drained quicker than you can finish the game.

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VIA: Android Police

Access and edit PDFs easier with Dropbox sync with Adobe


If you find it annoying that you have to make so many steps when you’re accessing and opening PDF files from and to your Dropbox and/or Adobe Acrobat Reader, then the latest news from these two tech brands will make you and your productivity brain cells happy. The two are partnering to help users have a seamless and easier time to both read and edit, save, and share PDF files, now on desktop, later on for mobile.

All you have to do to be able to enjoy this seamless integration is to add your Dropbox account to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader desktop apps. After that, you can now open the PDFs stored in your Dropbox account from within the Adobe apps themselves. Any edits you make on the file, whether you highlight certain sections, electronically sign a contract, write comments, etc, will be automatically saved on your Dropbox. So no need to download, edit, and reupload once editing is finished.


Since the file is automatically saved on your Dropbox, you can easily share it with your collaborators without going through so many steps. Aside from opening a Dropbox file from your Acrobat program, you can also open a PDF file from your Dropbox, right click and open to the Adobe app that you want to use.

Sadly, this isn’t available yet for Android mobile devices. You’d have to wait a few more months as the Android integration will happen sometime 2016 with no specific month stated. Make sure your Adobe Acrobat Reader desktop app is updated to the latest version to be able to enjoy this integration.

SOURCE: Dropbox

Xperia Z5 now available through Sony Mobile Store in Europe

Xperia Z5 Sony Mobile StoreA quick heads-up to let you know that the Sony Xperia Z5 is now in stock via the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. All colours of the handset are available including black, white, green and gold. In the UK, the Xperia Z5 costs £549.99, whilst in mainland Europe it will set you back €699.00. There are no freebies included though, so you may want to check out or Clove instead.

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Updated Windows 10 SDK documents new Jump Lists for Universal Windows Apps

Looks like Microsoft is still tweaking those Live Tiles for Windows 10. The latest SDK preview build 10563 was released today and with it came some changes to official UWP API.

The consumer-facing explanation is that soon developers will be able to add jump lists to their apps for quick-actions. A real world example of this is already found in the popular Twitter app Tweetium with a quick-action to compose a new tweet.

Tip of the Day: Adding links to Reminders in iOS 9

With iOS 9 you can now create reminders that are linked to content in other applications, such as a web page, email, contact, conversation in messages, or location in maps. Even better, many third-party apps also provide support for the same feature, allowing you to set reminders directly from those apps and then link back into where you were in the app, such as editing an image in Pixelmator, being reminded about a reading item in Pocket, or saving…

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Remix Mini is showing off, does all the things you need it to do


If you’re like us – waiting for our Remix Mini to arrive from shipping – then this new video from Jide Technology (makers of the Remix Mini) does not help at all, and only accentuates the agony of waiting. But if you have little idea of what the Remix Mini can be, then this new video is for you.


First up, what is the Remix Mini? Well, it’s an Android device that’s making a strong suggestion to be either your desktop workstation or your set top TV device. It is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core Allwinner Cortex-A53 processor, with a choice of either 1GB or 2GB of RAM (we went with 2GB, of course), and it set us back around USD$40. It has an Ethernet port, HDMI output, 2 USB ports for mouse and keyboard, and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. But what does it do? Well, watch the video below.

As you can see, the Remix Mini will pretend to replace your desktop computer, and it will do a pretty good job, too. Don’t expect to be playing Call of Duty 4 on it, though. But for documents, internet browsing, and all the other simple stuff, it will do that with ease. It can also be your Android set top TV device, complete with Android gaming capabilities.


If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, worry not. The Remix Mini is set to come out anytime this month in retail stores, with prices at USD$30 for the 1GB version and USD$50 for the 2GB version. We’re still waiting for ours, but soon we’ll have it.

SOURCE: Jide Technology

Windows 10 build 10565: Everything you need to know

On October 12th, Microsoft began rolling out Windows 10 build 10565 to the Fast ring. The newly released build includes new changes and improvements on the Start menu, desktop environment, Cortana, brand new apps, including the Messaging, Phone, and Skype video apps. Also, there are new enhancements for the Microsoft Edge web browser and a lot more.

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Huawei Honor 7i renamed as ShotX in Europe, up for pre-order in Germany

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We're thankful to Huawei for all the "Honor" its been giving the mobile industry but sometimes, and just like any other OEMs today, the almost similar names can be a lot confusing. If Samsung has the Galaxy line, Huawei is known for the Honor lineup. Well sure, Huawei also has the Ascend series but the Honor sells more for being an affordable series.

A few months ago, we mentioned the Huawei Honor 7 would be coming to Europe very soon. It actually turned out to be the Honor 7i complete with a flip out camera module. The smartphone is indeed coming to Europe but under a different name. Phone will now be called as the Huawei ShotX.

No formal announcement has been made by the Chinese tech company yet but some German retailers are already taking orders for the new model. To review, the phone comes equipped with a 5.2-inch display screen, 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution, Snapdragon 616 SoC, octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, Adreno 405 GPU, 16GB built-in storage, microSD cart slot for expansion, 2GB RAM, and a 3100mAh battery.

The Huawei ShotX also boasts of 4G/LTE connectivity and a fingerprint scanner. These two are rapidly becoming standard features in smartphones so expect them on the new Huawei phone. Out of the box, the phone will run Huawei's EMUI 3.1 and Android 5.1.1 already. Those who live in Germany can choose from among these three color variants: Polar White, Isle Blue, and Coastal Gold.

Huawei ShotX is already up for pre-order. Price tag reads $397 (349 euros) which makes it a mid to upper class range smartphone. Shipping will start in about a couple of weeks.

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