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If you’ve managed to avoid installing Windows 10 for the past 11 months (deftly dodging the popup nag screens and Microsoft’s penchant for installing the operating system without your permission), it’s time to do some real soul searching. If you’re running thoroughly modern PC hardware, is it worth snubbing Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to continue running Windows 7/Windows 8, and in the process give up access to plenty of Windows 10 exclusives? Well, if you’re at all on the fence about upgrading, you only have a month to make your decision before the free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires. That’s... Read more...
With over 100 million copies sold, Minecraft qualifies as the best selling PC game of all time, and the second best selling video game for any platform behind Tetris. Given how wildly popular it continues to be more than five years after release, it was probably inevitable that Minecraft would eventually land on the silver screen, and in 2019 it will."Hello future Minecraft movie-goers! I know you've been thinking just about every day. 'When's the Minecraft movie coming out?' Luckily for you, we can finally say! The Minecraft movie will be released on May 24, 2019!, Mojang stated in a blog post.Why... Read more...
It’s unfathomable that it would take Microsoft nearly a year to figure out how to make a Windows 10 upgrade prompt (aka nag screen) that didn’t attempt to con the user or force the operating system onto your computer. But here we are, just a month away from the end of the free promotional offer, and Microsoft finally has a sensible nag screen with clear options to decline the upgrade. Microsoft stops short of apologizing for the countless machines that have been upgraded without permission or the hassle that it has caused customers, but Windows chief Terry Myerson did tell The Verge, “Since we... Read more...
If you’re among the likely millions of Windows customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 that are sick of the Windows 10 nag screens along with unprompted and forced upgrades, you’ll be happy to hear that at least one “little guy” has won a battle against Microsoft in court. Teri Goldstein claims that her computer was forced into upgrading to Windows 10 shortly after it became available during the summer of 2015 — all without her authorization. “I had never heard of Windows 10,” Goldstein told The Seattle Times. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update.” To make matters worse, once Windows 10... Read more...
We're finally starting to see the world of virtual reality unfold to an eager and (so far) receptive audience. While most of the attention to this point has been on gaming, the technology itself is the most interesting part, especially since we're still at a relatively early stage of VR. One of the things to keep an eye on is the evolution of hand tracking, which Microsoft believes is nearly slick enough for mainstream use. "How do we interact with things in the real world? Well, we pick them up, we touch them with our fingers, we manipulate them," said Shotton, a principal researcher in computer... Read more...
Microsoft is cooking up some nifty feature enhancements to Windows 10 that will roll out with the much anticipated Anniversary Update later this summer. One of the newest tweaks will make it easier to perform hardware upgrades, such as a motherboard or hard drive, as you won't have to dial up a support representative and explain why your license should still be valid. The activation tweak is also being rolled out preview build 14371 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. It's part of what Microsoft is calling the "Activation Troubleshooter," which is intended to address user feedback from Windows... Read more...
2016 has been a great year for Halo 5: Guardians so far, as it's received five great content updates which have included new game modes, new maps, and of course, new REQs to seek out. The next update, though, called Warzone Firefight, looks like it will be the biggest of the eight updates released so far. As we teased about a couple of months ago, this particular update includes a new multiplayer mode called Warzone Firefight. As its name implies, Warzone Firefight is a fork of Warzone, which means that the huge maps you've come to appreciate are going to be featured here. The mechanics behind... Read more...
If you've recently tried shopping for a Surface 3 tablet, you may have noticed that your options have dwindled. Over at the Microsoft Store, the only SKU that's in stock is the model with 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and Wi-Fi + 4G connectivity. The other three models are sold out and it's anyone's guess if they'll be back in stock before Microsoft ends production altogether by the end of the year. "Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers. Inventory is now limited and by the end of December 2016, we will no longer manufacture... Read more...
Azure customers are getting a welcomed safety upgrade. Microsoft announced Azure Information Protection, a service that works to secure a company’s data, particularly employee identities. This service was made possible through Microsoft's acquisition in November of Secure Islands, an “innovator in advanced information protection solutions”. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Washington D.C. announcing cybersecurity plans in November 2015 In November, Microsoft demonstrated how Windows 10, Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite work in tandem to protect against password... Read more...
Microsoft is ready to enter the NFC wireless payments arena with its Windows 10 Mobile platform with the official arrival of Microsoft Wallet. We first learned of Microsoft’s intentions earlier this month via leaked internal builds of Windows 10 Mobile, but Microsoft Wallet is now being introduced in the latest Insider Preview builds. Microsoft Wallet is analogous to Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay in the mobile payments sector. Given that this feature is still a work in progress, Microsoft only has the backing of VISA and MasterCard at this point in development, in conjunction with eight... Read more...
There was probably a time in the not too distant past when Microsoft thought it would be a viable contender in the mobile handset market by now. That was before reality slapped the Redmond outfit in the face like a stinky trout, and that reality is that the vast majority of consumers are interested in Android and iOS devices. Where the does that leave Microsoft with its Lumia devices? Microsoft isn't giving up, but it is giving handsets away.If you purchase a Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store, Microsoft will toss in an unlocked Lumia 950 handset for free. That's a $549 value, a compelling deal... Read more...
Google Chrome might be the most popular browser on the planet, but it has long been criticized for its insistence on tearing through laptop batteries. Between the high memory consumption and negative impact on battery life, Microsoft is trying to capitalize on this achilles heel with its Edge web browser. The PC market is skewed towards customers that use notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1 convertibles, hence making the best of your machine’s available battery is paramount for people who aren’t able to plug into a wall at a moment’s notice. To highlight the disparity between Edge and Chrome, Microsoft... Read more...
If you're looking for an entry-level handset based running Windows 10 Mobile, just head over to the Microsoft Store and grab yourself a Lumia 550. Microsoft has the unlocked handset marked down to $99, compared to its normal selling price of $139, and you also get a prepaid T-Mobile 3-in-1 SIM kit with 40 minutes of airtime with purchase.There's nothing to indicate on the Lumia 550's product page that it comes with a SIM kit for T-Mobile, but it will automatically appear once you add the phone to your cart. That's a $40 value by itself, and provided you're planing to activate with T-Mobile anyway,... Read more...
Looking for a last minute gift idea for pop to celebrate Father's Day? Fear not, Microsoft has your back, assuming your dad's in need of a new PC and you have the budget to fulfill that request. If so, be advised that Microsoft has shaved up to $150 off its Surface Pro 4 family of 2-in-1 devices, and you get a free Surface Dock to boot! The Surface Dock itself is valued at $200, so you're looking at a savings of up to $350. Microsoft's pitch is that the Surface Dock turns the Surface Pro 4 into a desktop PC by adding an assortment of ports, including two mini DisplayPorts, a Gigabit Ethernet port,... Read more...
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