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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...
Lenovo is beefing up its reliable ThinkPad E Series notebooks with a late summer/early fall refresh. The ThinkPad E Series is aimed at the bread and butter of the business notebook sector and is available in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch form-factors. This time around, Lenovo has four base configurations for the E-Series, with the E460 (14-inch) and E560 (15.6-inch) models both featuring Intel power. Base configurations start with a Celeron 3855U processor, but businesses that have enough coin can spring for a speedy Core i7 6500U processor. There are also numerous graphics options to appease every... 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...
There will be no Mortal Kombat X for either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console, not now, not ever. Unfortunately for fans of the franchise rocking one of those last generation game consoles, porting a version over has proved too difficult a task for the developers, so WB Games pulled the plug. "After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game. We were not... Read more...
Microsoft hasn’t just come under fire with regards to privacy in Windows 10; it has also taken flak for new policy shifts in the operating system regarding updates. Microsoft first irked Windows 10 Home users when it was revealed that customers couldn’t opt-out of Windows Updates (including OS updates and hardware drivers) — the operating system downloads and installs the updates on its own terms. This policy lead to “reboot hell” for some early adopters of Windows 10. Microsoft next ticked off users — although to a lesser extent — with forced Windows Store app updates for Windows Home users. Although... 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...
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...
Electronic Arts is getting ready to release it's newest Madden game, Madden NFL 2016, to various game consoles tomorrow (August 25, 2016), though if you're anxious to hit the gridiron, you can score a copy for free for the Xbox One today, a day early. All you have to do is enter a promo code in Uber and cross your fingers. You're not guaranteed to get a free copy, and considering that demand will be "VERY HIGH" with limited availability, it amounts to a Hail Mary pass. Nevertheless, free copies are out there for the taking, and I've already seen one of my Facebook contacts boast about scoring one... 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...
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