10 tech stories you missed this week: Windows 10 and two cheap, awesome phones

top tech stories of the week 7 31 2015 weekly rewind 080215
In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. Too much, in fact, for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. From HBO’s confirmation of eight seasons for Game of Thrones, to Motorola announcing the all new Moto X Play, Moto X Style, and Moto G and our review of Windows 10 — it’s all here.

Gateway phone: Just one try of the OnePlus 2 will make you an addict

Gateway-phone--Just-one-try-of-the-OnePlus-2-will-make-you-an-addict

Since September of last year, OnePlus’ CEO Carl Pei has been teasing the OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 2 sports a 5.5.-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, which is lower than most flagships, but is the same as the iPhone 6 Plus’ resolution. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 3,300mAh battery that should last at least one day of use. We had some hands on time with the OnePlus 2, and came away impressed by the affordable flagship.

Read our hands on review of the OnePlus 2 here.

Game of Thrones will get at least 8 seasons

Game-of-Thrones-will-get-at-least-8-seasons
HBO

Game of Thrones addicts who just can’t get enough of the series have a new reason to rejoice. The HBO show’s creators confirmed that the award-winning show will last at least eight seasons and may even get a prequel. “Seven seasons and out has never been the [internal] conversation,” said Michael Lombardo. “The question is, how much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.” Lombardo also addressed the fate of a recently departed fan favorite who shall not be named, saying that “dead is dead is dead.”

Read the full story here.

Motorola busts out the Moto X StyleMoto X Play, and Moto G

Motorola held a live event from New York City, London, and Sao Paulo to unveil three new smartphones: the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and the Moto G. The $400 Moto X Style features a gigantic 5.7-inch display, a Snapdragon 808 chip, 3GB RAM, a 21-megapixel camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Moto X Play features a 5.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an impressive 3,630mAh battery. Finally, the Moto G sports a 5.2-inch 720p screen, the Snapdragon 410 chip, 1GB RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and other decent specs for just $180.

Moto X Style hands on review | Moto G release news | Moto X Play specs, price, and more

Windows 10 Restores the desktop to dominance, but Cortana and Edge need work

Windows 10 Restores the desktop to dominance, but Cortana and Edge need work

Most desktop users were unhappy with the release of Windows 8. While it offered new features, most users were missing the Start Menu. Microsoft is launching Windows 10 with three new key features including Continuum, Cortana, and Edge. Cortana can work as an assistant, she can schedule meetings, and search both local files and the Web. Our extensive review of Windows 10 covers all the new features.

Read our full review of Windows 10 here.

Nearly a billion Android phones could be hackable with a single text message

Nearly a billion Android phones could be hackable with a single text message

There’s a new major security flaw on Android phones that lets hackers break in with a single text message. Hackers only need to send a multi-media message (MMS) with malicious code to take control of the device and get access to personal information, according to mobile security firm Zimperium. Luckily, a new workaround that will prevent the multimedia message’s content from automatically downloading helps protect users from the hack.

Read the full story here.

Next page: 5 more tech stories you might have missed this week

Mobile

Instagram tool accidentally exposes user passwords. Were you affected?

Instagram's Download Your Data tool accidentally exposed the passwords of a small number of users. Here is the explanation on what happened, and how to find out which Instagram accounts were compromised.
Computing

Go hands-free in Windows 10 with speech-to-text support

Looking for the dictation, speech-to-text, and voice control options in Windows 10? Here's how to set up speech-to-text in Windows 10 and use it to go hands-free in a variety of different tasks and applications within Windows.
Computing

Windows 10 notifications driving you crazy? Here's how to get them under control

Are the notifications on Windows 10 annoying you? Here's our guide on how to turn off notifications in Windows, and how to manage alerts so that the important stuff still gets through.
Computing

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will update your OG Windows skills

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience.
Computing

Installing fonts in Windows 10 is quick and easy -- just follow these steps

Want to know how to install fonts in Windows 10? Here's our guide on two easy ways to get the job done, no matter how many you want to add to your existing catalog, plus instructions for deleting fonts in the process.
Mobile

Need a quick battery boost? Try one of our favorite portable chargers

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks of the best portable chargers.
Emerging Tech

Microsoft’s friendly new A.I wants to figure out what you want — before you ask

Move over Siri and Alexa! Microsoft wants to build a new type of virtual assistant that wants to be your friend. Already making waves in Asia, could this be the future of A.I. BFFs?
Mobile

New iPad Pro’s durability in question after it fails YouTuber’s bend test

The new iPad Pro models failed a bend test that was carried out by popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything. The result raises questions about the durability of the tablets, especially since customers are also reporting bending issues.
Mobile

How to use recovery mode to fix your Android phone or tablet

If you’re having a problem you can’t seem to resolve with your Android device, or maybe you want to update it or wipe the cache, recovery mode could be what you’re looking for. Here's how to use it.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Mobile

How to choose the best MicroSD cards for your smartphone or tablet

If you need some extra storage space and your device supports it, then a MicroSD card is an obvious place to start. Here, we look at what to consider and suggest some of the best MicroSD cards for your smartphone.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…
Mobile

Common Kindle Fire problems, and how to fix them

Is your Amazon tablet giving you grief? Is it refusing to behave the way you expect? Take a deep breath -- everything will be fine. Here are some widely reported Kindle Fire problems and a few possible solutions to go with them.
1 of 2