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When it comes to Microsoft’s gaming consoles, the upcoming Xbox One S is the “new hotness”, so to speak. The Xbox One S is 40 percent slimmer than its predecessor and includes a new wireless controller (which now supports Bluetooth), an additional USB port, 4K support, and an IR blaster. It will also be available in three capacities: 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB). To make room on brick and mortar (and online) store shelves, Microsoft is once again cutting the price of the current Xbox One to drive sales. The entry-level 500GB console was reduced from $349 to $299 ahead of E3, and dropped again to $279 in... Read more...
Gears of War 4 is already looking like it will be a pretty sweet Xbox One game. PC gamers, however, have a few reasons to get excited about the game as well -- it will boast a number of PC-specific features.Technical director for The Coalition, Mike Rayner, remarked, “Our focus on PC is to deliver a highly optimized, customizable experience first and foremost”.Rayner noted as well that support for disabling v-sync has recently come to Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and will be able to offer proper unlocked frame-rate support. The Unreal Engine 4 and the team’s custom modifications make it... Read more...
After multiple delays, Microsoft’s enterprise-focused Surface Hubs finally began shipping to customers in late March. And despite the fact that Microsoft raised the price of the 55-inch and 84-inch collaborative displays by $2,000 across the board, from $4,999 to $6,999 and from $19,999 to $21,999 respectively, it appears that Microsoft is selling every Surface Hub that it can produce. Companies seem to be enamored with the Surface Hubs, and in a statement released to Petri, Microsoft says that demands for the display has been incredible: Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial... Read more...
France's data privacy and protection watchdog has ordered Microsoft to put the brakes on what it deems is excessive user data collection in Windows 10. It also took issue with certain elements of Windows 10 that need to be more secure, such as entering the four-character PIN to log into the operating system, and privacy breaches stemming from the browser. The Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) notified Microsoft of its decision following an investigation by a special contact group created by various authorities in the European Union. CNIL says the investigation "revealed many... Read more...
When Microsoft officially announced the Xbox One S just over a month ago, it revealed that the console would be available in three storage capacities: 500GB, 1TB and 2TB priced at $299, $349 and $399 respectively. The first model that will be available to purchase is the 2TB console, which Microsoft at the time said would be available in August. Today, Microsoft got a lot more specific with that launch date, confirming that the 2TB Xbox One S will ship on August 2nd. Those that have already pre-ordered the 2TB Xbox One S will have their consoles arrive on the same date. If you haven’t already preordered... Read more...
Microsoft is definitely doing everything in its power to push Windows 10 onto customers before the July 29th free upgrade offer expenses. However, if performing the Windows 10 upgrade on your current PC is too difficult, you can always take it into a Microsoft Store to have the “Answer Desk” crew install the operating system for you for free. And that’s where interesting part comes in. Microsoft has been running a rather intriguing promotion right under our noses for the past few weeks, and if you by chance qualify, you could become the owner of a brand new PC. Simply bring your compatible PC into... Read more...
Take a stroll outside to any just about any area and you're likely to run into people playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones. It's the hottest thing right now, surpassing Candy Crush as the biggest mobile game in the U.S. of all time, and iPhone users are spending more time playing Pokemon Go than updating their Twitter statuses or logging into Facebook and Snapchat. It's a remarkable use case scenario for augmented reality and the potential audience that's out there, but could you imagine if Pokemon Go existed for Microsoft's Hololens headset? You don't have to imagine it—a development studio... Read more...
Remember the Elite X3 phablet HP revealed at Computex earlier this year? It looked like a promising handset, albeit one that's based on an operating system that's struggling to grab any kind of meaningful market share (Windows 10 Mobile). The stylish Elite X3 with its large size 5.96-inch QWHD AMOLED display seem poised to make a splash, only HP may be pricing it out of contention. For a brief period, the Elite X3 made an appearance on HP's online storefront in the U.S. where it was listed for—brace yourself—$799! Phew, it's a good thing HP didn't decide to charge a dollar more, because $800 seems... Read more...
If you need to get your Orange is the New Black fix in 1080p, Edge might be the browser for you. Microsoft Edge is now the only Windows browser that can consistently stream Netflix in 1080p (the other browsers were limited to 720p). These recent tests follow-up an investigation conducted by Microsoft on browser battery life in June. According to Microsoft’s own testing, Netflix sent higher resolution and higher bitrate video to Microsoft Edge compared to the other browsers. The fact that Microsoft Edge received 1080p content in their test indicates that the browser actually ran a somewhat higher... Read more...
When Microsoft launched Windows 10 globally around this time last year, it had high aspirations for the operating system. Microsoft was counting on swift adoption from consumers and businesses on the PC side and brisk sales of Windows 10 Mobile devices to allow the company to reach over one billion installs by the end of 2018. Windows 10 sprinted out of the starting gate, racking up 75 million installs within the first month of availability. By September 2015, that number climbed to 100 million installs. By the end of 2015, the Windows 10 install base was around 200 million and reached 270 million... Read more...
August 2nd is the big day for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and it comes just a few days after the free upgrade offer expires for Windows 10. The Anniversary Update will eventually spread throughout Microsoft’s current hardware ecosystem on devices like Lumia smartphones, HoloLens and even the Xbox One. As you might expect, Microsoft can’t possibly start updating all of these devices at the same time, which is why the company announced this week that the update will be coming in waves. There are currently over 350 million devices running some variant of Windows 10, so it makes sense that Microsoft... Read more...
Following up its unveiling of the Xbox One S at E3 in June, Microsoft is now announcing the first custom version of the unreleased console, a limited edition system themed after Gears of War 4. Based on the single press photo Microsoft's made available, we have to admit it's one of the better looking themed Xbox consoles to date, and a must-have if you're a diehard Gears of War fan. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 console is a limited edition release, though Microsoft didn't specific exactly how many it's making available. As the first-ever custom designed Xbox One S, Microsoft set the bar by succeeding... Read more...
There's a popular saying about procrastination that I'll tell you about later. In the meantime, here's a heads up that Microsoft has begun downgrading the free storage allotment of its OneDrive cloud service from 15GB to 5GB, just as the Redmond outfit said it would when it announced the impending reduction back in November of 2015. The reduction in free space was part of an overhaul to OneDrive that also saw the elimination of unlimited storage for Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers. Microsoft was put off by a small number of people who used their unlimited OneDrive accounts... Read more...
Microsoft's been laser focused on the cloud as of late, and in particular the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market that's comprised of Internet connected devices. With an eye towards the industrial side, Microsoft and GE are partnering up to bring the latter's Predix platform to the former's Azure cloud service. It's the first step towards what the two companies envision as a broad strategic collaboration. "Every industry and every company around the world is being transformed by digital technology,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "Working with companies like GE, we can reach... Read more...
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