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Microsoft may be way down with regards to its aspirations in the smartphone market, but don’t count the company out just yet. Windows 10 Mobile hasn’t been the savior that Microsoft hoped would help its smartphone sales rebound, but it isn’t stopping the Redmond, Washington-based company from forging ahead with the Redstone 2 update for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, Microsoft used its Ignite 2016 conference to highlight some of the features that will be coming to Windows 10 Mobile users. Neowin was nice enough to catalog the enhancements, all of which are geared towards improving the Continuum experience.... Read more...
Storage space is precious, and that's especially true if you've ditched your hard drive in favor of a less capacious (but awesomely faster) solid state drive. With everything from games to high resolution photos and videos taking up larger chunks of storage, it's easy to fill up a drive. To make matters worse, it was a real bummer when Microsoft ditched its Placeholders feature for OneDrive in Windows 10—ack! Ah, but we have good news, folks! Microsoft is bringing Placeholders back, just under a new name.Don't know what Placeholders are? It was a feature of OneDrive that was available in Windows... Read more...
When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer handed the reins to Satya Nadella, the company had not long before undergone a complete reorganization. Ballmer knew that Microsoft needed a new face with a fresh set of eyes at the helm, that it was time to let younger blood lead the company wherever it was destined. And where exactly is that? Fast forward to today and Nadella is steering Microsoft towards an interesting future in deep learning and artificial intelligence.Lest there be any doubt, Nadella said as much during a keynote at Microsoft's Ignite conference for IT professionals in Atlanta, GA. ... Read more...
In June of last year, Intel announced a $16.7B acquisition of chip designer Altera, a Silicon Valley bellwether known for producing FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), PLDs (Programmable Logic Devices), Embedded Processors, and ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). At the time of the announcement, Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich said, “Intel’s growth strategy is to expand our core assets into profitable, complementary market segments. With this acquisition, we will harness the power of Moore’s Law to make the next generation of solutions not just better, but able to do more.” That’s a... Read more...
Microsoft chose this year's E3 convention to announce not one, but two new game consoles, the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, the latter a codename for an upgraded version of the Xbox One that will sport more powerful hardware and support playing games at 4K Ultra HD when it arrives in next year. While it may feel like Microsoft jumped the gun by pointing to a new console a year in advance while refreshing it's current generation Xbox One, the motivation was to avoid screwing gamers over. Imagine of Microsoft would have kept mum about Project Scorpio and offered up the canned response of not talking... Read more...
Computer users are living in a digital world where their data is increasingly coming under attack. While governments and even news organizations are being threatened by hackers from around the global, John and Jane Smith also have to deal with increasing levels of malware and ransomware everywhere they turn. To help combat these security threats, Microsoft is beefing up security in some if its most popular software products: Windows 10 and Office 365. In an effort to strangle phishing emails, 90 percent of which hijack your browser to launch an attack, Microsoft has introduced Windows Defender... Read more...
We’ve stated on many occasions that Windows 10 is an excellent operating system, albeit one with a few rough edges that could be smoothed-out. However, Microsoft has angered some users over the past year or so, in its willingness to dance right up to the line of what customers feel is acceptable practice for promoting adoption of its new OS. Further, some feel the company crossed that line with respect to user data collection and privacy concerns. It looks as though Microsoft stands to garner more criticism if its recent patent filing comes to life in a production software product. The title... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft Surface Pro 3 owners just can’t catch a break when it comes to battery-related problems. We’ve already cataloged the convertible tablet’s battery woes, which were finally resolved with a firmware update back in late August. However, just as one battery problem has been squashed, another rises to confound users. While the first battery fiasco pertained to units with integrated SIMPLO batteries, Surface Pro 3 owners that installed the August update are saying that their LGC-LGC batteries are now seeing severe battery degradation. While it would seem that the timing of... Read more...
There’s no question that Windows 10 is a fine operating system for many people. The vast majority of new PCs shipping today come preloaded with Windows 10 and most have simply come to accept the operating system. However, there are those that still think that Microsoft has a lot of work to do to improve Windows 10. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has already taken Microsoft to task for user privacy lapses in Windows 10, and now another consumer advocacy group is giving Microsoft an earful. Which? says that it has received over 1,000 complaints from Windows 10 users that claim that using... Read more...
Are Microsoft and Lenovo conspiring to keep Linux off Signature Edition PCs? Not so says both companies. The issue came to light after one user bought a Lenovo Yoga 900 Signature Edition convertible with the intention of installing Linux on it. However, his efforts were thwarted, as the machine refused to install Linux. Yesterday, Lenovo confirmed that Linux cannot be installed on the machine because there are no OS-specific drivers for the device’s proprietary RAID configuration. Given that this machine has been designed to work with Windows 10, it should come as no surprise that Lenovo probably... Read more...
If you're a Linux fan who's on the hunt for a new notebook, you have plenty of options. As weird as it might sound, even Microsoft's own "Signature" line of machines could prove tempting, as the requirements a notebook needs to obtain that status are very strict. However, as a reddit post highlights, Linux users need to exercise extreme caution when considering to take this route. reddit user BaronHK purchased a Yoga 900 ultrabook from Lenovo with full intention to install Linux on it. When the time came to make the move, it didn't work, and so he decided to leave some feedback about... Read more...
Let’s face it, cancer sucks! We’re sure that at all of us knows someone who is battling cancer or has lost a friend of close family member due to the perils of cancer. Given that this disease touches just about all of us, it should come as no surprise that billions of dollars are poured into researching cancer and ways to eradicate it for good. Luckily, the fine folks at Microsoft are well on their way to cracking the secret code that allows cancer to propagate in a host body. Microsoft’s researchers from around the world are working together using artificial intelligence to effectively “solve”... Read more...
Given the huge sales lead that the PlayStation 4 has over the Xbox One in the current generation console race, Microsoft is looking for just about any way to gain an advantage over its rival Sony. Microsoft saw a clear chance to pounce when it was announced that the PlayStation 4 Pro would amazingly not ship with a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive (something that the new Xbox One S does include). And while Microsoft won’t be supporting native 4K gaming with the recently released Xbox One S, the upcoming powerhouse Project Scorpio gaming console will be a completely different story. Rather than relying... Read more...
If you’re a Windows Insider, then you have a nifty little feature to try out in the latest Skype Preview for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The latest update to Microsoft’s premiere messaging app allows you to both send and receive text messages via your Windows 10 PC using the SMS relay feature. The only catch is that the Skype Preview must be set as your default messaging app on your Windows 10 Mobile device. “There’s no need to reach for your phone – you can view new messages as they arrive and respond to messages from your computer,” writes Microsoft’s Suzanne Choney in a blog posting.... Read more...
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