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October 26, 2016, 4:50 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Windows 10 “Creators Update” coming early 2017 for free, featuring 3D and mixed reality, 4K gaming, more  —  At its Windows 10 event in New York City today, Microsoft announced the Creators Update for Windows 10.  The company detailed a slew of new features coming to its latest and greatest operating system, for free.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to make tethered VR headsets for Windows 10 PCs, starting at $299  —  Microsoft is currently holding a press conference in New York.  The company is focusing a lot on 3D and all sorts of realities, from augmented reality to virtual reality.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft debuts all-in-one Surface Studio PC aimed at creatives, with 28", 192 PPI, 3:2 touchscreen that goes flat on a hinge; starts at $2999, preorders open  —  Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio today, an all-in-one PC with a 28-inch PixelSense display, with the thinnest display ever built according …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple says it needs “a little more time” to get AirPods ready, delaying the launch  —  If you've been waiting for Apple's AirPod wireless headphones to go on sale, you're going to have to wait a little longer.  Apple says that they are not ready and will need “a little more time.”
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iMessage may stop some users from switching to Android, but an Android version should not be ruled out as sources say UI mockups have circulated at Apple  —  Lauren Goode, writing for The Verge a few weeks ago, “iMessage Is the Glue That Keeps Me Stuck to the iPhone”:
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts high-end Surface Book with 16-hour battery life, i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU, starting at $2.4K; preorder today, ships on Nov. 10  —  Microsoft just showed off an updated version of its Surface Book laptop that comes with 30 percent more battery life and double the graphics performance.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Google Access halts Fiber rollout and plans layoffs as its CEO Craig Barratt steps down  —  CEO Craig Barratt departs as the company halts rollouts to new cities with layoffs coming.  —  Executive changes are coming to Google Access, including the departure of CEO Craig Barratt, according to sources.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Amazon brings Alexa to Fire tablets, activated by holding down the Home button, not by voice  —  With the Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon proved that its Alexa assistant — and voice commands in general — could actually be pretty helpful.  But how will it fair on a device that isn't listening to you all the time?
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Apple reports Q4 2016 results with $46.9B revenue, down from $51.5B YoY, as iPhone sales drop to 45.5M from 48M; 4.9M Macs and 9.3M iPads sold, both down YoY  —  All eyes are officially on the holiday season for Apple.  —  Ahead of the Christmas retail season, Apple reported …

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