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Convertible notebooks are a dime a dozen these days, so it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Toshiba has just poked its head through the fog with the Satellite Radius 12, which is the company’s stunning hardware showcase for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Front and center is the 12.5-inch display, which features a resolution of 3840x2160. That translates into a 353 pixels per inch for this display, something that we don’t see too often when it comes to notebooks/convertibles. Toshiba also says that the IPS panel is able to support 100% of the Adobe RGB color space, which is an... Read more...
It looks like the non-patch update for Windows 10 may be arriving a little later than expected. The update, known as Threshold 2, appears to be moving from an early October release to a November release. The update is expected to bring with it some stability-related improvements and few minor new features, but the one-month delay isn’t likely to be a problem for most users. At this point, little is known about what exactly Threshold 2 will bring to the table, but a new messaging tool is expected to show up in Windows at some point, either as part of an update to Windows 10 or in Redstone, which... Read more...
Microsoft has finally gotten the hint: Skype users on Android and iOS aren’t exactly bowled over by the Windows Phone-centric user interface on the current app. While unifying the design and UI across all three platforms was perhaps an easy move for Microsoft development wise, it went against UI design conventions already established for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has seen the error in its ways and is coming back with two brand new Skype apps, each tailored specifically for Android and iOS users. “We’ve redesigned Skype to be much more natural and intuitive, and have added a bunch of new... Read more...
As consumers, the sheer number of different codecs available for a given media type can be downright frustrating. There's a reason a multitude of devices exist that help transcode streams to be playable on another device - there's been a lack of a standard, so we have no choice but to bend over backwards and jump through hurdles in order to make sure our media works on any device. This reality is also frustrating for companies - those that have to open their wallets for licensing. We're long overdue for a real standard, one that doesn't have licensing costs and one that most people can agree on.... Read more...
Microsoft just can’t get enough of releasing special edition Xbox One bundles. Today, Microsoft is unloading a new SKU that not only ups performance, but also for the first time bundles in the hot Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller. The new Xbox One Elite Bundle is the absolute best that Microsoft has to offer with regards to console hardware. The most important piece to the puzzle is the 1TB Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD), which replaces the traditional 1TB HDD that is found on other Xbox One bundles. According to Microsoft, the SSHD “stores frequently-accessed files on a solid state partition... Read more...
If you've been experiencing super-slow downloads on Xbox Live, don't fret: you're not alone. That's the upside; the downside is that while Microsoft is on the case, it doesn't seem to understand the rhyme or reason behind the cause. If there's a secondary upside; you can at least relish the fact that it's merely slow, and not down entirely, as has happened before. It's a Sunday, so maybe you're lounging around waiting for Xbox Live to fully restore itself. If that's the case, you might be interested in helping Microsoft diagnose the issue. Misses Quinzel, an official support rep for Microsoft,... Read more...
About a week ago, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to be taking yet another step in the wrong direction with Windows 10. This time, it planned to forego telling us regular consumers what its Windows 10 updates would actually entail. We wouldn't know what caused a breakage if one were to occur, and worse, we wouldn't know whether or not we were vulnerable to exploits (or whether they were patched.) As ridiculous as this is for the home user, it's downright absurd for enterprise customers. It could be argued that enterprise computing should be weighed even higher than consumer computing,... Read more...
Microsoft has just released a new Windows 10 build for those folks using the 'fast' ring (and have opted to receive preview builds). As you'd expect with a build that's come out after the final release has, there's not that much to talk about here. Most of Microsoft's efforts going forward are going to relate to bug-fixing as well as refinement. An example of that refinement can be seen in the show below. According to Microsoft, it's received feedback about inconsistencies in contextual menus - mostly with regards to how they don't fit the overall theme of the OS. As it appears in this shot, the... Read more...
Windows 10 Mobile is just around the corner, and so are a couple of flagship Lumia devices that will run on the new platform. Specifically, Microsoft is expected to introduce the Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman) during a press even in October.What look to be official press renderings of both devices have been leaked to the web courtesy of none other than Evan Blass, aka @evleaks on Twitter. The handsets look similar to each other with the same overall design, with only subtle differences between the two.The slightly larger cyan-colored handset is the Lumia 950... Read more...
Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize the leaks as much as possible have been requested. To this end, we've put together a quick guide to help out. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the... Read more...
With Windows 10 already installed on more than 75 million systems, you could be forgiven for expecting that the operating system’s success would lead to an uptick in sales of PCs. In fact, PC sales are continuing to decline and this year’s PC shipments is expected to land about 9 percent lower. But it’s not all bad news: by 2017, computer shipments should be up a bit, and that increase is expected to continue through 2019. News of the PC sales decline comes from the research gurus at International Data Corp (IDG), who announced today that early predictions of a 6.2-percent decline in PC shipments... Read more...
Microsoft has a lot of exciting things in store for its Xbox One console, and if you want an early taste of what the Redmond giant is cooking up, you need only join the Xbox One Preview program. Sounds easy enough, right? Unfortunately it's an invite-only affair, and it looks like Microsoft is cutting back the number of invites it sends out.As you might imagine, more than just a handful of Xbox One owners are interested in getting an early look at upcoming features. Microsoft says it's seen a "tremendous response" from its fans and that the program "has reached a near-capacity level," which in... Read more...
All of the controversy surrounding Windows 10 hasn’t stopped PC users from upgrading to the operating system at a furious pace. Over the past month, we’ve heard speculation that installs had surpassed the 25 million mark, with some estimates as high as 67 million. But the only official figure from Microsoft was announced one day after the Windows 10’s July 29th launch: 14 million installs in 24 hours. Now as we approach the one month mark, Microsoft has given us a progress update on Windows 10 installs, and it’s a whopper of a number. Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi announced in a tweet that Windows 10... Read more...
A new version of Microsoft's popular productivity suite is nearing release for Windows users. Yes, we're talking about Office 2016, which incidentally was released to the Mac OS X platform early last month, ending a nearly five-year drought (prior to Office 2016, the last Office release for Mac was in 2011).Citing a source "close to Microsoft," German-language website WinFuture.de says that Office 2016 is scheduled to launch for Windows exactly four weeks from today on September 22. The forthcoming launch will cover home and professional users, with a SKU for enterprise users coming at a later... Read more...
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