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Fully Charged: Marshmallow beta for BlackBerry Priv, and HP teases thinnest laptop

Catch up on the morning's top tech news tidbits

Marshmallow beta for BlackBerry Priv

The Android-powered BlackBerry Priv currently rounds out our list of the best smartphones in the world right now, but it doesn’t sound like it was exactly a sales sensation: just 600,000 units have sold since the release, with BlackBerry’s projections aiming for 800,000.

But if you’ve got the Priv and don’t mind being a guinea pig, you can sign up for the beta program for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the device. BlackBerry opened up sign-ups for the program, and it’s already full up – but there’s a waiting list if you still want to give it a shot. Testing could take between four and eight weeks, at which point a final version should be released for everyone.

[Source: BlackBerry via Greenbot]

HP teases ultra-thin laptop

HP teases ultra-thin laptop

HP is slated to announce a new laptop later today, and it could be the thinnest on the market, suggests The Wall Street Journal. In an interview, HP’s Ron Coughlin, president of HP’s personal systems group, takes a shot at market leader Apple: "For years, Apple has been seen as the innovator and driver of innovation,"he said. "HP is really taking over that mantle."

The company will reveal the new laptop at an event called the International Luxury Conference in Versailles, so whatever it ends up being, it probably won’t be cheap.

(HP Spectre x360 hybrid shown)

[Source: The Wall Street Journal via The Verge]

New Uncharted 4 trailer

Can’t wait until Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releases on 10 May worldwide? We feel you – but at least Sony and Naughty Dog are keeping the footage coming ’til then. In addition to the making-of series that’s been released in recent weeks, Sony just debuted a 16-minute gameplay demo that shows 4×4 cruising and tense shootouts in Madagascar. Check it out above!

[Source: PlayStation.Blog]

Dead Space for EA Access

Last-gen horror favourite Dead Space is available as a free download for Games with Gold subscribers on Xbox One and Xbox 360 the next couple weeks, but it’s also now being offered free to EA Access members on Xbox One. And when the Games with Gold promo ends, it’ll still be on EA Access going forward, as it’s a permanent part of the library now.

[Source: Twitter via Polygon]

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