From massive milestones and Edge extensions, to underwater data centers, Chrome's Material makeover, Surface updates, and mobile acquisitions, it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
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A senior executive at a UK carrier has reportedly stated that Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note 6 in the UK, saying that "the decision to keep the Note 5 out of Europe is now considered a mistake."
Microsoft is rolling out the latest firmware update for its Surface 3 tablet, bringing improvements to the touch panel, along with Surface Platform Power Driver enhancements to improve charging.
Back in 2014, Nintendo began working on a sleep-tracking device that didn't need to be worn on the body, as part of its Quality of Life program - but it now says that the device has been cancelled.
After confirming in December that it was ending Firefox OS development for phones, Mozilla has said that it will "end-of-life support for smartphones after the Firefox OS 2.6 release" in May.
Microsoft has updated its digital assistant to version 1.4.0 on iOS, bringing various new features including a Today View, 3D Touch support, faster loading times, better voice interactions, and more.
As regulators prepare to publish their objections to Three's proposed acquisition of O2 UK, Three's parent company has pledged to freeze prices for all customers on both networks for five years.
VAIO's new Windows 10 Mobile device is aimed directly at business buyers, and features a 5.5in Full HD display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage, and wireless-only Continuum support.
Microsoft has released its latest Office preview build for those signed up to its Insider Program, bringing a range of new features, including a new dark theme in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
After the rollout of build 14251 last week, Microsoft has released new Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14257 for PCs, its latest from the Redstone branch - along with a new Ninja Monkey mascot.
Microsoft says that new firmware has begun rolling out for its newest flagships, bringing various improvements and fixes, with availability expanding "gradually during the coming days and weeks."
Microsoft has laid out its priorities for the development of its Edge browser this year, including extensions support, web notifications with Action Center integration, and accessibility improvements.
As HTC published its latest financial results, revealing its third consecutive quarterly loss, its chief financial officer admitted that its high-end devices did not live up to expectations last year.
Dailymotion's app for Windows 10 PCs and phones brings a range of new features, including an updated design, drag-and-drop upload, an in-app mini-player and support for Cortana voice search.
Microsoft has added a power-saving GPS feature to its Band 2, which it says will extend battery life by "up to four hours", along with new weight tracking functionality in the Microsoft Health app.