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From the final frontier and the next generation, to Microsoft's Brainwave, black Books, the thousand-dollar iPhone, and Pepper the robot priest, it's our handy roundup of the week's top tech news.
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"I honestly can't believe the incompetence that is being shown" by Samsung, said one owner. "The lack of communication is astounding and if I could take my TV back it would be there in a heartbeat."
Google said in February that the update would roll out "in the coming weeks", and in April, it said all devices would be upgraded "by the end of May", but Moto 360 Sport owners have waited far longer.
While pre-orders for the Project Scorpio Edition are already sold out in many markets, Microsoft says it will "announce details of the next wave of Xbox One X standard edition pre-orders next month."
"Within just a few days," Microsoft said today, "we saw record-setting sell-out times and are currently sold out in many countries around the world", after it opened Xbox One X pre-orders on Sunday.
Microsoft has cut the price of HP's Elite x3 and Desk Dock bundle by £50 - but £639.99 is still a high price to pay for a device that was announced a year and a half ago, in the face of newer rivals.
The app finally allows users to log in and view their timelines, including the ability to view tweets alongside videos. You can watch two videos side-by-side too, and there's new live video support.
Microsoft has released Office Insider version 15.38 (170822), its latest preview build for Macs in the Fast ring, bringing new features and improvements to some of its Office apps.
The new top-tier iPhone - due to be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus next month - will reportedly cost "around $999", but the 512GB model will no doubt cost considerably more.
While other major manufacturers improve their hardware designs with slimmer bezels, and larger displays on smaller devices, Sony seems to think buyers love mega-bezels on their flagship phones.
AT&T has announced that it will be the exclusive US carrier for the Space Black version of the KEYone, which launched in India a few weeks ago. The KEYone was originally announced in February.
You can finally get the Surface Laptop in all four colours that Microsoft announced nearly four months ago - but the Burgundy, Graphite Gold, and Cobalt Blue options are only available on one model.
Razer says the Wolverine Ultimate "was designed to adapt itself to any gamer", with interchangeable controls, Chroma lighting effects, and a Quick Control Panel of additional buttons.
Dixons Carphone said "currency fluctuations have meant that handsets have become more expensive whilst technical innovation has been more incremental" - and that's having a negative effect on sales.
The latest data shows a big increase in the proportion of PCs on the Windows 10 Creators Update over the last month, and a huge rise in the number of Surface Pro 3s running that version of the OS.
Just over a year after launching a new Windows 10 Mobile app, banking giant Wells Fargo has announced that it's ending its support for Windows phones - the latest in a long line of companies to do so.
Office Insiders in the Slow ring can now get their hands on a new preview build - Version 1708 (build 8431.2046) for Windows desktop - which Microsoft says includes users' "top-requested features".
Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed that the company is developing a new smart speaker, like so many other big tech companies. "Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it," he said.
Having removed the last Lumia handset from its US store earlier this week, Microsoft has also killed off its Lumia channel on YouTube, deleting its user guides and videos showcasing its devices.
Microsoft is now focusing on squashing bugs and refining its Windows 10 builds in preparation for the Fall Creators Update, so expect new builds to come "more quickly to both the Fast and Slow rings".
Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 build 16273 today, and what it lacks in new features, it more than makes up for in improvements and fixes. Amazingly, not a single known issue is documented.
Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16273 to PCs in the Fast ring - its first build for three weeks. It includes a new font, Microsoft's "own rendition of the DIN font standard".
Drawing a line under the fiasco of its fiery Note7 flagship, Samsung has announced its new Galaxy Note8, with a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 835, and of course, the much-loved S Pen.
Many Nexus and Pixel users who installed the final version of Android 8.0 are reporting multiple issues with the OS, including some that were identified as far back as the first Developer Preview.
Nintendo has announced the 'New 3DS XL Super Nintendo Entertainment System Edition' - a retro-styled version of its popular handheld console, which will be available in Europe from October.
Alongside its new Pixel flagship phones, Google is expected to introduce two more devices at its autumn hardware event: a new Chromebook Pixel laptop, and a smaller version of its Home smart speaker.
Microsoft has rolled out its latest Insider Preview for Windows Server, which will expire on December 4, 2017. Its arrival comes two weeks after the last preview, build 16257, was released.
"If a customer chooses not to acknowledge the privacy statement, the customer will not be able to update the software on their Sonos, and over time the functionality of the product will decrease."
Microsoft is helping students prepare for their return to the classroom by offering big discounts on a range of apps, including Adobe Photoshop Elements, Movie Edit Pro, Complete Anatomy, and more.
Sony has unveiled a new version of its PlayStation 4, with matching DualShock controller, for the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport, the latest installment in its hugely popular racing series.
The Surface Book is still being sold with 6th-gen Intel Core processors, so it was quite a surprise to see it appear today in an Intel video promoting its 8th-gen chips, sporting a black color scheme.
"By the end of this year, hardware makers like Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, Motorola, HMD, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to be launching or upgrading new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo."
While Android Beta users will receive the final version of Oreo today, the general rollout won't begin immediately. Here are the devices that will get the Android 8.0 update in the coming weeks.
Having confirmed that the name of its next major OS update will be Oreo, Google is now pushing the final version of the update to those in the Android Beta Program, and published new system images.
After months of speculation, it's now official: Google has confirmed that the name of the next version of its ubiquitous OS won't be Android Octopus... but it will be Android 8.0 Oreo.
AT&T has unveiled its new own-brand tablet, with an "entertainment-first experience" that it's also promoting as "enterprise-ready" - and yet, it revealed almost nothing about the device's specs.
In addition to a $150 discount on its recently-launched Surface Laptop, Microsoft is also offering $150 off its new $999 Surface Pro tablet, when purchased with a Signature Type Cover.
Three months after launching its Surface Laptop, Microsoft has introduced its first deal on the device. It's now offering $150 off the Laptop, when purchased with an accessory priced at $79 or more.