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Are you the owner of an older MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and aren’t impressed with what Apple has to offer with the latest 2016-edition 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros? Well, Microsoft is definitely looking to get your business and it’s willing to throw quite a bit of cash your way to join the Surface family. Microsoft for a limited time is offering MacBook Air or MacBook Pro owners up to $650 off the purchase of a Surface Pro or Surface Book convertible if they trade-in their device. Microsoft is confident that Apple fans will appreciate the long battery life and added functionality that its... Read more...
Microsoft may seemingly be winding down its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile-based hardware, but its partners definitely haven’t given up. Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard debuted the Elite X3 for $799 (Microsoft even used the smartphone in demo on stage during its Windows 10 Creators Edition keynote instead of its own Lumia 950 XL), and now we’ve learned that T-Mobile is stepping into the fray. T-Mobile will soon begin selling the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Mobile preinstalled. The Idol 4S was previously only available from T-Mobile running Google’s Android operating system. In case you... Read more...
You can put to rest any fears that the Surface Book would end up a one-off design that Microsoft would abandon after the first generation. Just the opposite, one of the first things Microsoft unveiled at its Windows 10 event today was the Surface Book i7, a new generation Surface Book that's packing significantly more graphics horsepower and nearly a third more battery life. This is a refresh to Microsoft's top-shelf Surface Book model. As the name implies, the 2-in-1 device is rocking an Intel Core i7 processor, hence the Surface Book i7 name. The new model is still based on Skylake instead of... Read more...
It’s been rumored for months that Microsoft would be unveiling a new Windows 10-powered all-in-one flagship. We’ve seen patent drawings, have covered specs leaks, and have gotten a few hints from Microsoft. Well, Microsoft's ever-exuberant Panos Panay today announced what we’ve all been waiting for: the Surface Studio. The forged aluminum Surface Studio is a gorgeous all-in-one that features a 28-inch PixelSense touch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 192 pixels per inch over a 4500x3000 resolution (or a little under 5K). According to Panay, this is the thinnest LCD display ever built at just... Read more...
There may come a time when a generation of users views paper-based Post-It notes as relics of a bygone era, and it could happen sooner than you think. Microsoft has already taken a step in that direction by developing a protytpe ultra-lower power display that combines an e-ink screen with photovoltaic energy harvesting and Bluetooth LE wireless technology. The end result is a Post-It sized display that can be deployed in a number of different places. Depending on the amount of ambient lighting, it can be updated every 1 to 25 minutes by communicating with a PC or smartphone. A user might find that... Read more...
Microsoft has faced criticism on numerous occasions over its aggressive tactics in getting users to both upgrade to Windows 10 and, more recently, install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but its efforts are paying off. The latest figures from AdDuplex, a cross-promotion ad network for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps, shows that the latest version of Windows 10 is now installed on roughly three quarters of Windows 10 PCs.While not as pervasive as the Anniversary Update on mobile, where AdDuplex says the penetration rate has reached "critical mass," being installed on 76.6 percent of Windows... Read more...
Microsoft released a new preview build of Windows 10 Redstone 2, the second major update to Windows 10 that's currently a work in progress (the first was the Anniversary Update, which was codenamed Redstone 1 prior to its release). It's available to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the program's Fast ring and it brings with it a handful of updates, including improvements to the Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL) and some nifty Windows Ink Workspace updates.Starting with WSL, there are two large updates to note. The first is official support for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial), which is installed for... Read more...
ASUS has a new gaming monitor, the VG245H, and unlike most other monitors out there, this one isn't solely aimed at PC gamers. In truth, you could say that about any monitor with an HDMI port, though in this case, ASUS is clearly marketing the VG245H as an option for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners first and PC players second. Heck, even gamers getting their kicks through a set-top box are welcome to join. Therein lies the big pitch from ASUS, The VG245H has a pair of low input lag HDMI ports, so ASUS reckons you can connect a media player to one and a game console to another, "ASUS VG245H features... Read more...
“Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you.” That is likely Microsoft’s mantra, as its research wizards have reached a milestone in speech recognition, with a word error rate (WER) of just 5.9 percent. That figure itself is down from last month, when Microsoft’s speech recognition system stood at 6.3 percent WER. “We’ve reached human parity,” said Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist. “This is an historic achievement.” But things are little bit better than that;Microsoft admits that’s speech recognition system actually “makes the same or fewer errors” than... Read more...
Bing doesn’t exactly have the same star power as Google when it comes to search in the minds of most Americans, but that isn’t stopping Microsoft from emboldening its search engine with new functionality. Today, Microsoft is feeding Bing with a new tab called Campaign Landscape, which gives voters insight, statistics, and projections for the current election season. No matter if you're rooting for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or ever Gary Johnson, there's plenty of data to pour over for folks that enjoy numbers and figures. “In roughly three weeks, America will elect the 45th President of the... Read more...
Facebook’s Instagram app has been available for Windows 10 Mobile smartphones since April, but the app was still a no-show on the vastly more popular Windows 10 platform for PCs and tablets. Facebook is correcting that perceived slight today with the arrival of an Instagram app that has been specially optimized for Windows 10. The Instagram app, which is available as a free download from the Windows Store, takes advantage of all that Windows 10 has to offer including showing photos and notifications on your home screen using Live Tiles. You’ll also find requisite features like the ability to both... Read more...
When it comes to worldwide console sales, the PlayStation 4 holds a commanding lead over the Xbox One. Both consoles were released around the same time in late 2013, but the PlayStation 4 quickly lurched ahead with a sales lead and now has outsold the Xbox One roughly 2:1 since launch. However, perhaps Microsoft is a late bloomer as the Xbox One has been showing some muscle in the past few months versus the PlayStation 4. While we’ve seen the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 in a single month on a number of occasions, the former was able to topple the latter in July and in August. And according... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft has set a launch date for Windows 10 Redstone 2. WalkingCat, the same Twitter user that leaked videos of Microsoft’s newest version of the Paint app, tweeted that Redstone 2 will have the build number 1703. RS2 = Windows 10 Version 1703— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) October 14, 2016 If you know how to decipher Microsoft’s build numbers for release versions of Windows 10, it’s pretty easy to determine when Redstone 2 will drop. The initial public release of Windows 10 (1507) launched in July 2015 — take note the positioning of 15 for the year and 07 for the month. Windows 10... Read more...
Windows 10 is an ever-evolving operating system and Microsoft has steadily rolled out updates to keep it fresh as the months progress. The Anniversary Update, which launched shortly after Windows 10’s first birthday, was the second major update for the operating system, and now we have Redstone 2 to look forward to as the next big update. Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 ‘Redstone 2’ Build 14946 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. Build 14946 is available to both PC users and those that using Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. Microsoft has made a number of improvements, the first of which will... Read more...
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