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The first day of summer is just around the bend and if you're wanting to shed a few pounds before hitting the beach, a fitness band is a good way to turn that motivation into action. But which of the many different ones available should you go with? One of our favorites is the Microsoft Band 2, especially when it's marked down for sale like it is right now. Every so often, Microsoft and its partners slash the price of its wearables. Back in February, Dell was selling the Band 2 for $199 and tossing in a free $75 e-gift card to sweeten the pot. Not long after, Microsoft and Best Buy were offering... Read more...
Another week, another Windows 10 Insider Preview build! This time, Microsoft is only targeting users on the 'Fast' ring, meaning that the build should be considered bleeding-edge with the possibility of noticeable bugs being present. If you're not concerned with such things, build 14352 has a couple of cool treats in store. At the forefront, Cortana has received a big update, with Microsoft touting the ability to turn the AI assistant into a personal DJ. Through its Groove music service, Microsoft allows you to use Cortana to pick and choose something to play, and then control it. Commands such... Read more...
Xbox One rumors are flying around like crazy today, and if the reports are accurate, we have a lot to look forward to from the Xbox hardware division over the next year. The first product supposedly on tap is a new Xbox One Slim, which is due to break cover at this year’s E3. This console will reportedly be smaller and thinner than the current Xbox One and will include a larger 2TB hard drive. With the exception of the downsized external dimensions and the larger HDD, all of the other key hardware specs are expected to remain largely the same. It’s also being reported that this console will be... Read more...
Microsoft just can’t seem to stay out of trouble with Windows 7 and Windows 8 users when it comes to Windows 10 upgrades. However, Microsoft has only itself to blame, as it keeps employing dirty tricks to “entice” users to upgrade to its latest operating system. Those efforts were on full display with a change made to Microsoft's Windows 10 nag screens prompting users to upgrade. Previously, if a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user saw a Windows 10 upgrade prompt display on their machine, they could simply click the “X” button to cancel the upgrade and go about their business. But Microsoft decided... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft is coming around to the realization that it has a snowball's chance in hell of competing with Android and (to a lesser extent) iOS for smartphone market share, so it's pulling back even further than it already has. Or more specifically, Microsoft's is "streamlining" its smartphone business, which entails another round of layoffs. In a memo sent to employees, Microsoft's head of Windows and devices, Terry Myerson, announced the layoffs saying the bulk of them will occur in Finland. He also denied the notion that Microsoft is abandoning the smartphone sector altogether,... Read more...
Cross-network play between the Xbox One gaming console and PCs has finally arrived. After first announcing the functionality back in March, Microsoft today revealed that gamers running the Xbox One and Steam PC versions of Rocket League will be able to take part in the first cross-network play matches starting today at 6pm EST. Rocket League started off life on the PlayStation 4 and Steam gaming platforms, but didn’t make the trek over to the Xbox One until this past February. Rocket League players with a PlayStation 4 have already been able duke it out with their PC counterparts, so it’s nice... Read more...
If you’re a fan of the Windows 10 Mobile operating system, and especially the Lumia 950 XL flagship smartphone (read Marco’s review right here), then you’ll likely want to jump on Microsoft's latest promotion. Microsoft is knocking $150 off the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL, which brings its price down to just $499. For those keeping score, this new pricing undercuts the smaller 5.2-inch Lumia 950 by $50. To further sweeten the deal, Microsoft is also throwing in a Display Dock for free — this would normally set you back an additional $99. While the $150 discount and free Display Dock is no doubt... Read more...
While Windows 10 offers a number of good reasons to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8, there remain those who are content with either operating system and don't care to upgrade. Unfortunately, that really contrasts with Microsoft's goal of having everyone use Windows 10, and it's led to the company using annoying - and now misleading - tactics to get people to upgrade. Leading up to the release of Windows 10, Microsoft deployed a tool to Windows 7 and 8 users that would help them upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Without delay, people found these annoying, and for good reason. There was never a way to... Read more...
Remember the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that lumbered through New York City in the original Ghostbusters? That's how big Android has become, which coincidentally is on its Marshmallow release. That's not to say that Android is bloated and slow, just that it's really big—out of the 349 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2016, Android was installed on over 293.7 million of them, according to Gartner. Android now accounts for 84.1 percent of all smartphones in the world, up from 78.8 percent in the same quarter a year ago. Meanwhile, its closest rival (iOS) is now at 14.8 percent,... Read more...
Microsoft and 343 Industries are bringing multiplayer action to Halo 5 on PC, albeit in a roundabout sort of way. Multiplayer will be part of Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10, the long winded name of Halo's custom map builder and toolset. It will be a free download though it won't feature full multiplayer support. Most notably it won't have online matchmaking with random opponents. Instead, you'll be limited to playing with people on your friends list. Microsoft envisions this as a sort of testing ground for you and your Forge creations, meaning you'll be able to upload and download... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft is looking to bring tighter integration between its Cortana digital assistant and Google's massively popular Android platform. Specifically, it appears Microsoft is adding Windows 10 notification mirroring to Cortana on Android, as some users have already reported noticing the feature.One of the reports comes from a reddit forum member who notes that he's in the Cortana for Android test program, which gives him early access to features that may or may not be rolled out to the public. However, another user that isn't in the test program also saw the feature update after... Read more...
It's fair to say that relations between the U.S. and China are strained, especially in regards to technology. Security researchers have often traced cyberattacks big and small back to China, for which the Chinese government often denies, and there's contention over shipping products to the region. The latter is likely to escalate as China ramps up its security reviews on U.S. tech companies such as Apple and Microsoft.China has a deep distrust of technology products originating from the U.S. As a result, China's been conducting more intensive reviews of tech companies with a focus on encryption... Read more...
We suspect there are some high-fives flying around in Mozilla's offices this morning, as the company's Firefox browser has now caught up with and even slightly bumped ahead of both Internet Explorer and Edge combined in desktop browser market share, according to data provided by StatsCounter. It's the narrowest of victories with Firefox claiming a 15.6 percent share of the desktop browser market at the end of April, compared to 15.5 percent for Microsoft's two browsers combined. In horse racing, that would be a photo finish. Even if you want to call it a tie, which you'd be justified in doing,... Read more...
Have you ever spent hours crafting the perfect online user name, only to discover it had already been claimed? Thankfully, Xbox Live users will now have more choices. Microsoft will release nearly one million Gamertags on Wednesday, May 18th at 2pm (EST). They will be available to Xbox Live Gold members with active subscriptions and at least one year of cumulative Xbox Live Gold tenure. The Gamertags will be released over a 24-period so that Xbox Live Gold members in different countries will have an equal chance of claiming one. Xbox Live policy permits one free Gamertag change request... Read more...
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