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Microsoft has been working extremely hard to make Windows 10 the most capable and appealing version of its desktop operating system ever, and it’s already made some great progress. Once flooded with compatibility issues and bugs, Windows 10 has come a long way since its launch, and with the Fall Creators Update Microsoft promises it’s going to be even better. A newly released insider build of the OS gives us an idea of what to expect, and as PCWorld reports, Microsoft has snuck in several new features.

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There will be something for just about everyone in Bay Area companies’ earnings reports over the next few weeks. And this week, two of the most-opposite companies from the region will garner the attention of Wall Street and investors.

Facebook will deliver its second-quarter results after the close of trading Wednesday, and analysts have forecast the social-media giant to earn $1.12 a share on $9.2 billion in revenue. During the same period a year ago, Facebook earned 97 cents a share on sales of $6.44 billion. Mobile users and revenue from mobile ads will be main areas of focus, as well as the performance of Instagram and Instagram Stories ads.

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Samsung on Tuesday officially launched voice capabilities for its Bixby smart sidekick in the US, about three months after the artificial intelligence technology first became available on its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones. The company had delayed the launch and missed its own promised “later this spring” deadline, at least in the US.

Owners of its newest phones will be able to access Bixby Voice after downloading a software update, rolling out at 9 p.m. PT. South Korean users, who’ve had access to Bixby Voice in the Korean language since May 1, will also be able to now access the English language capabilities. The company didn’t say when Bixby Voice will be available in other countries.

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Whenever a new update is rolled out for WhatsApp, the world waits for the most popular messaging platform to gain features that make life easier. This time, the update for WhatsApp brings certain features that change the way you use the app. The highlight of the update has to be the enhanced file sharing feature.

WhatsApp now lets its users share any kind of file on the platform. Earlier, it was just limited to file formats that the mobile platform can understand, with exception of third-party apps. The update limits the file size sharing up to 100MB, which is more than enough for sharing large documents on the go.

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It isn’t long now until the Galaxy Note 8 launches, and given the radical changes coming it seems even Samsung can’t resist ‘accidentally’ teasing this phone…

Using the company’s official Twitter account for its Exynos chipsets, today Samsung tweeted a promotion for the Exynos 8895 – the chipset used in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. But the phone used in the promotion was neither of these well known flagships.

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As we reach one year into the Redmi Note 4’s launch, the first round of rumours of its successor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, has begun. Supposed leaked promotional material for the upcoming device has revealed virtually everything about the latest Redmi Note device.

The Redmi Note 4 remains the standard bearer for mid-range smartphones, and it appears the Redmi Note 5 will be more of the same. For starters, the upcoming device may be packing either one of the two new mid-range SoCs from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660.

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Facebook is building a standalone app that incorporates ideas from Houseparty, the group video chat app that rose from the ashes of Meerkat, The Verge has learned. The app, which has the working name Bonfire, was recently demonstrated for employees. It is being targeted for a fall release, according to a person familiar with the matter. “We don’t have anything to share at this time,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.

Facebook’s move comes two years after Life On Air, which had helped usher in a new era of live broadcasting with its app Meerkat, pivoted to group video chat.

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