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Much like with its iPhone, it was difficult to predict the kind of success Apple's iPad tablet would have when it was first launched. As with most products Apple preps for launch, the iPad enjoyed an enviable amount of hype leading up to its launch, but even after its launch, many may still have had that lingering question: "Why do I really need a tablet?" In recent years, that question for many was more of a statement spoken with their wallets, with sales of slates offering a solid area of growth for Apple and other manufacturers. Once again, Apple managed to take a design concept that needed... Read more...
Microsoft has some big ambitions with its HoloLens "mixed reality" headset, and it seems to be for good reason. While HoloLens won't offer a virtual reality experience that most of the industry hype is currently hovering around, it can deliver experiences that could be considered even cooler. Who's never felt the urge to want to battle a monster right in their living room? Or make the car-buying experience a truly interactive experience? If you have other ideas that come to mind, Microsoft wants to hear from you. With a new project, the company is seeking out community input about applications... Read more...
Microsoft and Nokia have done a great job of making Lumia smartphones difficult to break into at a low-level, but software hacker Heathcliff has just proven that it's not impossible. He's just released a great-looking tool called Windows Phone Internals, and it can do everything from unlocking the bootloader to replacing the phone's ROM. WP Internals is a completely free download, though Heathcliff welcomes donations by those who've found the tool useful. Based on the introduction video, it seems that a lot of effort went into this, and unlike most tools of this nature, detailed descriptions are... Read more...
When Microsoft released Windows 10 to retail at the end of July, it followed a number of months of ever-growing hype. That, coupled with the fact that the company let regular users help test the OS for nine solid months prior, gave it a great chance of becoming one of the most-used Windows OSes ever. That seems to be proving true. A little over a week after the Windows 10 launch, it was predicted that 25 million users already latched on. At the end of September, that number jumped to 100 million. We're not quite sure of the exact number of installs right now, but at least one analyst firm has a... Read more...
At $150, the Xbox Elite Controller is far from being an affordable option. But, it's an ideal one for those who thrive on being able to greatly customize their gaming experience, either from a hardware or software level. Microsoft is not ignorant of the fact that most people are not going to shell out 150 clams for the top dog controller, though, so it's decided to show some love to those using the regular gamepads by porting over one of the Elite's most sought out features: button remapping. As you might expect, there are some caveats to be aware of. After all, Microsoft is still wanting to give... Read more...
At this point, Halo 5 hasn't even been out for an entire month, but it's already proving to be one of the hottest, most fun titles of the year. And you if not for the fact that a certain little title called Fallout 4 just came out, Halo 5 would still be the market's current darling. As we reported at the start of the month, the game sold $400 million worth of copies in its first week, so in all regards, it's proving to be a major success for both 343 Industries and Microsoft. If you've got the game, you'll be happy to know that new content is not going to take long to get here. That's right, even... Read more...
Over the past five or so years, Microsoft has really warmed up to beta testers. More than any other Windows before it, Windows 10 had an incredible amount of community effort behind it, and before the OS officially launched, many complaints and criticisms led it to arguably be the smoothest Windows launch ever. Of course, even as great as that launch was, Microsoft quickly proved that we simply can't have it all: the OS has a lot going for it, but it's also the most invasive ever. Fortunately, we've got you covered if you want to take steps to best protect yourself, as well as optimize the OS after... Read more...
By now, it should be clear that machine-learning is turning into big business for the biggest corporations. We learned back in September that Apple is on a hiring spree to bring in some good talent, and Amazon even leases out the fruits of its efforts for researchers to take advantage of. Even more recently, we learned that Google loves and trusts its TensorFlow machine-learning library so much, it's willing to share it with the world by making it open source. Machine-learning can be used for a multitude of things, both serious and not-so-serious. Microsoft has shown us in the past some good... Read more...
In advance of the launch of the "New Xbox One Experience," set to roll out on November 12th, Microsoft's Larry Hyrb and Richard Irving have released two videos to help you get comfortable with the update even before it lands. The two major features of this update include the long-awaited avatar creator, as well as "OneGuide", an interface that's tailored to displaying the most relevant content to you. Those who have made use of the Xbox app in Windows 10 may recognize the new avatar editor immediately. With it, you'll be able to customize your avatar with a huge number of different dials so that... Read more...
We reported a couple of weeks ago that a significant update will be hitting Windows 10 at some point in November. While the original goal was to see it drop very early in the month, it does appear that there will be a delay of a few weeks. Ultimately, that's a good thing - the less buggy, the better. As mentioned in the earlier post, this upcoming update, called "Threshold 2", isn't going to be a major one. It is, however, going to bring a couple of nice upgrades in one clean package. Even the media creation tool will be receiving an upgrade, although perhaps that means it will simply download... Read more...
Steve Ballmer may no longer be Microsoft's head honcho, but his love for the company hasn't faded. In a new interview with Bloomberg, Ballmer had some great things to say about the company while at the same time giving some of its competition - namely, Amazon - a quick jab. In a recent New York Times piece, Amazon's Jeff Bezos was quoted as saying, "If Amazon became like Microsoft, we'd die", and it's a sentiment Ballmer couldn't disagree more with. He's confident that Microsoft is the more interesting company, and the better one to work for. He notes that there have been many who've left for Amazon... Read more...
Fans of Halo who don't happen to own an Xbox would do well to pay attention to a little snippet that just came out of an interview with Microsoft's Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor. When questioned about whether or not we'd ever see Halo 5 on the PC, he gave the impression that it could indeed happen. "There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC", he says, but he's quick to follow up with, "Nothing to announce at this point." However, giving us all the hope in the world that this could happen, he notes that the game was developed on Intel PCs, so it wouldn't be... Read more...
At this point, Windows 10 has been available for just over two-and-a-half months, and overall, it has received a warm reception. In those mere months, there have apparently been over 100 million installs, so if you're holding out on upgrading due to fear of issues, that should help instill a little bit of confidence. In my personal experience, upgrading to Windows 10 was an absolute breeze - if you ignore the fact that I had to first remove a Linux install from my main drive first (backed up, restored after-the-fact). It was actually the first upgrade experience I had with Windows where I couldn't... Read more...
While the market is abuzz with dreams of virtual reality, lest we forget about AR, or augmented reality. Unlike VR, which completely immerses you into an outside world, AR takes advantage of the environment around you to add otherwise impossible interactions to your living room, bedroom or man cave. Like VR, AR isn't new. In fact, even advertising has gotten in on the action in the past, and Google Glass had some capabilities to do interesting things as well. It must be said, though, that most companies are preferring to go all-in on VR rather than AR. This past August, Google got rid of its AR,... Read more...
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