From Android à la MODE and Windows on Apple Watch, to Intel out of phones, Microsoft's not-so-special offers, and BlackBerry's Marshmallow bunkum, it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
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ARP has announced its new Windows 10 Mobile handset, which looks rather familiar, bearing a striking similarity - and near-identical specs - to the Coship Moly X1 and Funker W5.5 Pro.
Following recent 'special offers' lasting up to five months on some devices, Microsoft UK has now started a new 'limited time offer' lasting two months, cutting £66 off the Surface 3 Docking Station.
Almost seven months after Google released Marshmallow, AT&T and T-Mobile are finally updating the LG G3 - but only to Android 6.0, rather than 6.0.1, and without the newest security patches.
The new Groove update for Windows 10 PCs, phones and HoloLens is rolling out exclusively (for now) to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, bringing new features and improvements - and some known issues.
Microsoft is preparing to launch Flow, a new IFTTT-style service for businesses and schools that will allow users to automate tasks across dozens of web services, helping them to "work less, do more".
Microsoft announced in February that it was starting to upgrade users to its new Outlook.com experience, built on Office 365. So far, over 175 million have been upgraded - but there's some way to go.
"Starting today," Microsoft says, "to ensure we can deliver the integrated search experience designed for Windows 10, Edge will be the only browser that will launch when you search from Cortana."
A BlackBerry executive confirmed in February that the company is working on two new Android handsets, and purported images of both devices have now leaked, also showing revised BlackBerry branding.
Microsoft has announced that its new SDK Preview, build 14332, for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is now available - but there are a few things you should be aware of before you install it.
Microsoft has announced that Skype has now been downloaded over one billion times on iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices, just over three months after reaching 750 million mobile downloads.
Comcast has confirmed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation - the studio behind many hugely popular movie franchises such as 'Shrek', 'Kung Fu Panda' and 'Madagascar' - in a deal worth $3.8 billion.
Microsoft has announced the renewal of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Funai, which makes products for Philips, Sanyo, Kodak and other brands.
While North America buyers get a free Lumia 950 when they buy the 950 XL, Microsoft UK is offering £40 off the 950 - plus an additional free year of Office 365 - with purchases of its Surface devices.
Microsoft has dropped the price of its Band 2 wearable device in the UK by £50 to £149.99, in a deal that it's referring to as a 'special offer', despite being scheduled to last over two months.