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Weekends with Engadget: Windows Phone 8.1 and Gear 2 reviews, the anonymous internet and more!

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Beware, phone thieves: The smartphone ‘kill-switch’ is coming

Smartphone Kill-Switch: Apple, Google, Microsoft

The five largest U.S. wireless carriers and many smartphone makers including Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and others on Tuesday announced they have agreed to include “kill-switch” technology in all smartphone models released after July 2015, Re/code reports, in a move that should help decrease smartphone thefts and further protect customer data.

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Daily Roundup: Amazon’s first phone, Project Ara developer conference and more!

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all…
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Windows Phone 8.1 works with Apple Passbook data (but for how long?)

Although I covered many of the newest features of Windows Phone 8.1 in my review earlier today, I apparently missed one. In my defense, Microsoft hasn’t announced it. It’s only because of The Verge’s Tom Warren that we know about Windows Phone 8.1 working with Apple’s Passbook files. Warren tweeted out the following on Monday morning, showing that he has a boarding pass in his phone’s Microsoft Wallet app.

iMore’s Rene Ritchie expanded on the topic, suggesting that Microsoft is using Apple’s Passbook file format to create the files in Windows Phone 8.1. That’s likely true because it’s pretty easy to find the Passbook data file structure: A quick web search turned up all of the information, including a detailed PDF file, needed to build a specific Passbook file for a boarding pass, coupon, or loyalty code. Ritchie said that Apple code-signs the files, so it’s not clear how Microsoft is dealing with this aspect, possibly just accepting any files in Wallet whether they’re signed or not.

Regardless of whether Microsoft’s implementation is simply a test or not — Windows Phone 8.1 is in developer preview — there have already been Android apps that do the same. Passbook for Android reads .pkpass files, which are zipped Passbook data bits, to do exactly the same thing. And it’s not the only one available for Android.

I’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment to see if using Apple’s Passbook file structure is a long-term strategy for Windows Phone or if this is just a one-off test in the developer preview, and will update this post accordingly with any response.

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LogAnalysis maps the structure of gangs using phone records

It’s no surprise that law enforcement agencies use mobile phone records to investigate criminal activity, but a platform called LogAnalysis could facilitate some of the most sophisticated analysis for all that raw data. Developed by Emilio Ferrara…
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Windows Phone 8.1 Review (Developer Preview)

Windows Phone 8.1 is no point update. In fact, if it wasn’t so keen on keeping in naming step with Windows on the desktop, Microsoft could probably have called its … Continue reading
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LG’s top-end G3 phone will rock a Quad HD display

So far, we’ve only come across beyond-1080p panels in a couple of Chinese phones, like the Oppo Find 7 and the Vivo Xplay 3S. But the spec is definitely about to go mainstream, as LG has just confirmed to us that the successor to the G2 will deliver…
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This free Android app could save your phone from the Heartbleed bug

How To Test For Heartbleed On My Android Phone

The NSA has apparently known about Heartbleed for years, but the general public was only made aware of the devastating bug a few days ago. Many of us are at a loss for what to do, but smartphone security firm Lookout is living up to its name with a free app that will allow you to check and see if your Android device is vulnerable. Lookout’s Heartbleed Detector app determines which of OpenSSL is running and then tells users whether or not their phones could have been affected by Heartbleed.

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Feedback Loop: Best Android phone, cameras in tablets, finding good deals and more!

Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There’s so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need…
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Video: Microsoft shows how insanely fast you can type with new Windows Phone WordFlow tech

Best Windows Phone 8.1 Features WordFlow

Among the many other cool things that Microsoft showed off at its Build conference this week, one that really caught our eye was a new Windows Phone 8.1 feature called WordFlow that the company says enables faster touchscreen typing than any other smartphone platform in the world. On Friday Microsoft published a video showing its research team successfully using WordFlow to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ official mark for fastest typing on a touchscreen display by typing a 126-letter sentence on a WordFlow-equipped Nokia phone in just 18.44 seconds, breaking the old record of 20.53 seconds. Even if Microsoft’s team hadn’t broken the record, you can clearly see from the video that the new keyboard tech lets you type at an insanely fast rate, which by itself is a major feather in Windows Phone 8.1′s cap. The full video follows below.

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