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Mobile World Congress 2015 Preview

MWC 2015Barcelona is once again playing host to the largest and most important mobile event of the year, the Mobile World Congress. Already, people are on the edge of their seats as we anticipate the year’s most crucial and interesting releases in the mobile market.

By its very nature, this event has plenty of surprises. Smaller producers, or even well known brands that have fallen from grace in recent years, can sweep in with some really cool tech. But there are some coming unveilings that are known, and much anticipated. A few have already been shown off. Let’s take a look.

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Microsoft plans for Windows 10 to offer FIDO support

Fido Security Key USBMicrosoft has announced that their Windows 10 platform will offer Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) support, in a bid to begin eliminating the need for passwords, and to provide an extra layer of cyber security to their users.

FIDO is believed by many to be the natural next step in securing the web. The reliance on passwords has long since been a concern, as experts admit that it is simpler than ever before to crack into accounts.

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Microsoft releases earliest preview ever with Windows 10 for phones

Windows 10 for PhonesMicrosoft is well known for releasing new software for preview prior to the full release. Windows 10 is no exception, and as they work towards full PC, phone and tablet integration, they have decided to do that release earlier than ever before. You can now preview the OS upgrade for your Windows based smartphone through their Windows Insider Program.

The blog post addressing the release make it pretty clear why they are launching the preview so soon. They are asking for feedback, so users can be with them “every step of the way”. This is a rather cautionary measure that isn’t surprising. There have been a number of stumbling blocks along the way with Windows (we all know the versions no one likes, Windows 8 included).

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Microsoft event gives us Windows 10, Cortana, Xbox updates, and more

Windows 10 Terry MyersonToday’s Microsoft event was promising to be a biggie, and it didn’t disappoint. A lot is coming in the next year from the company, and these are some of the biggest highlights.

Windows 10 (Free Upgrades)

Windows 10 is the latest installment in the operating system, and another attempt by Microsoft to create an OS that seamlessly integrates between desktop and mobile platforms.

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Skype co-founder backs new communication tool, Wire

Wire Communication AppJanus Friis is among a list of tech and communication experts who have backed the new app Wire, a communication tool that sets out to take everything that is good about the competition, and combine plus add to it.

Wire is essentially a chat service, but it claims to be much more. It provides a video chat service with high end sound quality through your mobile device, as well as Mac computers. But it also gives you the option to message with video from YouTube, audio clips from SoundCloud, or images. If you need to get someone’s attention, you can send them a ping, which will let them know you want to talk without sending a call request and potentially interrupting them.

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Facebook changed their privacy policy to be more readable

Facebook is ClutteredFacebook has released a new privacy policy meant to be easily understood by the average user. It cuts it down by nearly 75%, and creates an interactive presentation that shows each reader exactly what is done with their data, and how it is collected in the first place.

One of the more common complaints to Facebook in relation to privacy is that their policies are difficult to understand unless you have technical knowledge related to privacy laws. Institutes dedicated to online privacy have especially been critical of this fact, and have been calling for years for changes that are aimed at users, and not lawyers.

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Microsoft Band is the latest to jump into the fitness tracker craze

Microsoft Band Fitness TrackerJust a couple of days after Fitbit showed off their latest three gadgets, Microsoft has thrown themselves into the ring with their own. The Microsoft Brand is a fitness tracker/smart watch style combo that the company is calling a “smartband”.

Not only is this a fitness band and watch, but it is also connected to a new service called Microsoft Health. Together, they make up a new attempt by the company to push their way into the ever increasing fitness niche that has become a core part of consumer electronics in the past couple of years.

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