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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...
Microsoft is building a slick new keyboard cover for its Surface Pro tablet. The new keyboard prototype has an e-ink strip above the function keys, giving users a second touchscreen for launching apps, writing notes, or even drawing images. The DisplayCover is still a prototype, but as you can see in the video below, Microsoft has already built in a ton of functionality. Microsoft built the prototype for a Surface Pro 2. It has a resolution of 1280 x 305 pixels, extending the Surface Pro 2’s display by about 8 percent. The idea is that an extra display, even a small one like the DisplayCover, can... Read more...
You may not take digital assistants seriously just yet, but Microsoft does and it wants you start relying on its version right now. The company loaded Cortana onto Windows 10, which became available late last month, and has long been planning to put Cortana on competitors’ platforms. Cortana for Android leaked last month, but now Cortana Beta is officially available for people running Android-based smartphones and other mobile devices. Cortana for Android is still in Beta and is only available in the U.S. at this point, but Microsoft says that it has plans for extending the Beta to other countries.... Read more...
Lawyers in Moscow raised privacy concerns about Windows 10 this week, echoing complaints in the U.S. about the flagship operating system’s perceived data collection practices. The complaint by Russian lawyers comes shortly after the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office sent Microsoft a request for information about the way Windows 10 collects and transmits user data. For all the success Windows 10 has had since launching late last month, the OS has been dogged by worries that it could be giving Microsoft more information about users than many intend to share. Users in the US have complained Windows... Read more...
Microsoft introduced its “fitness” Band late last year in an attempt to tap into the growing wearables market. Supplies were incredibly constrained at launch and it took Microsoft a few months to get production numbers up to a comfortable level. Once production was humming along, the discounts started piling on. Microsoft struck the first blow with a meager $20 discount of its own, while Target countered with a $50 discount, making for a pretty sweet 25 percent savings off the MSRP. In the month since Target temporarily slashed the price on the Band, things have been relatively quiet…. until now.... Read more...
Do you remember what you were doing two decades ago? Depending on your age, you might have been waiting in a long line for Windows 95. Yes, there were lines to purchase Windows 95, the revolutionary operating system that launched at midnight on August 24, 1995, 20 years ago to the day. Codenamed Chicago, Windows 95 was a big upgrade over Windows 3.1. It was a 32-bit OS with a customized version of MS-DOS baked in to serve as a boot loader and a compatibility layer for legacy 16-bit device drivers. Enhanced multimedia features accompanied the dressed up graphical user interface, and so did built-in... Read more...
If you’re a Windows 10 user that just so happens to have a penchant for hitting up torrent sites (mainly for unscrupulous purposes), you made be surprised to find out that you may being discriminated against. That’s right, following news stories that Windows 10 is sending data data to Microsoft, some torrent trackers are getting spooked and thus are forbidding Windows 10 users from connecting. Torrent sites seems to be most troubled by Microsoft’s updated End Users License Agreement (EULA), which states: Sometimes you'll need software updates to keep using the Services. We may automatically check... Read more...
Well in advance of the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft painted a pretty picture of its newest OS. It's supposed to "transform" the way we do things, allowing us to be more creative. "A more human way to do." That's all fine and dandy, but with Windows 10 having been available for close to a month now, it's clear that there are many who are no longer as excited about the new OS as they once were. I am admittedly in the same boat; I no longer have a strong desire to upgrade at this point, because the caveats outweigh the benefits right now. What caveats? Well, forced updates are a big one, and despite... Read more...
With Windows 10 (and the right hardware), you can skip the traditional password or even a fingerprint scanner and have the OS log you in simply by scanning your face. It’s an intriguing new feature and Microsoft has been touting it as a secure, convenient way to log in. The face scanning tool is part of Windows Hello, which also features fingerprint scanning and the ordinary password login. To see just how sensitive the software/hardware combo really is, Senior Technology Journalist Chris Griffith at The Australian tested Windows Hello’s ability to recognize identical twins. The test involved a... Read more...
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