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Shots fired, shots fired! Microsoft took aim at Apple in a new advertisement with a snarky jingle highlighting ways in which its Surface Pro 4 tablet is better than a MacBook, the latter of which is "less useful like a hat for your cat." It's the latest in a long line of Mac versus PC commercials where Apple and Microsoft trade barbs. This latest ad draws attention to the Surface Pro 4's detachable keyboard, included stylus, and touchscreen display, all things the MacBook family lacks. There's also a subtle shout out to Windows Hello, the biometric security system Microsoft built into Windows 10,... Read more...
Developer 343 Industries is wrapping up work on Halo 5: Forge, the free version of Halo 5's map editing tool that's scheduled to release for Windows 10 next month. If you're planning on using it to build maps and play custom games on your PC, you'll need to bring some relatively high end hardware to the party, especially to play at a 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. 343 Industries announced the different system requirements for Halo 5: Forge. The Minimum specs required aren't too steep—it calls for the following: CPU: Intel Core i5 at 2.3GHz or AMD equivalent GPU: GeForce GTX 650 Ti VRAM:... Read more...
Microsoft just released an updated version of Word Flow for iOS, its predictive keyboard app. The app now incorporates information from the Bing search engine and allows users to look-up and add GIFs, images, and videos. The updated version targets its stiffest competition, Google’s Gboard. According to Microsoft, Word Flow, “is a blazing fast keyboard that comes with search (GIFs, restaurants, and more), free customization options and includes Arc mode for comfortable one-handed typing.” Word Flow was first launched on iOS earlier this Spring. It allowed users to text via swiping and clicking... Read more...
If you’re a Halo fan that also wouldn’t mind getting in some higher-resolution gaming action on the PC platform, the wait is nearly over. Microsoft announced today that Halo 5: Forge, which was announced back in May, will go live for Windows 10 PCs on September 8th. Halo 5: Forge has full support for mouse and keyboard inputs (which is of course the preferred control scheme for PC gamers) and will allow you to play against up to 16 of your online friends. Best of all, as long as your gaming rig can support it, you’ll be able to enjoy up to 4K display resolutions with Halo 5: Forge. There are of... Read more...
In the smartphone market, Microsoft has to fight for scraps leftover from Android and iOS, and comparatively there aren't many to go around. Rather than bury its head in denial, Microsoft's been making mobile versions of its key programs like Office available on other OSes, and now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load several of Microsoft's productivity apps on some of its Android handsets. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype are among the apps that will come pre-installed on select Lenovo devices in what the two companies are calling a "deepening of their strategic relationship." The benefit for Microsoft... Read more...
One of the things that separates the HoloLens from the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is that it doesn't need to be tethered to a powerful PC—the hardware bits required for augmented reality effects is all integrated into the eyeglasses. At the center of it all is a custom designed Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that Microsoft's been pretty closed lip about. Until now, that is.The HPU is a co-processor built on a 28-nanometer manufacturing process by TSMC. It has two dozen Tensilica-brand digital signaling processing (DSP) cores with custom Tensilica Instruction Extension (TIE) instructions that allow... Read more...
If the Xbox Onesie from Microsoft is an April Fool's Day joke, it's around seven months early (or five months too late) and doesn't go far enough—why aren't there any integrated Febreze jets that are timed to spritz the wearer ever 24 hours? The comical truth of the matter is they don't exist because the Xbox Onesie, a head-to-toe garment for a lazy day of gaming or Netflix binging, is real (we think). Yes folks, Microsoft's latest product announcement isn't a new console or some fancy piece of technology on the level of a HoloLens, but a a onesie for adults. Microsoft's Australian team came up... Read more...
Over the past couple of months, many Surface Pro 3 users have complained of rapid battery drain. As we reported at the time, Microsoft's Panos Panay said that the SP3's battery should hold up to weekday charges over the course of four-and-a-half years, at which point the battery would be expected to have about 80% of its capacity remaining. Even though Surface Pro 3s were released a couple of years ago, most users' batteries should not be draining noticeably quicker quite yet. In last month's post, we noted that Microsoft believes the issue could be fixed through software, and over the weekend,... Read more...
PC and console gamers have been at odds for decades. Microsoft, however, is attempting to broker a truce. The company insists that its “Play Anywhere” initiative for PC will not kill XBox One gaming. Play Anywhere is a mechanism that would allow someone to purchase one copy of a game and have it playable on both the Xbox One and PC. The initiative was launched this past June ahead of the Windows 10 Anniversary update. Gamers can purchase games such as Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 now. Ark: Survival Evolved, Gears of War 4, and Halo Wars 2 will be available later this year. Some... Read more...
Do you use Edge? If not, this incentive might convert you. Microsoft wants to pay customers to use the Windows 10 Edge browser and Bing search engine. Microsoft claims that the Edge browser is faster, more energy efficient than its competitors, and also consistently offers 1080p streaming on Netflix. Edge, nevertheless, has had trouble gathering converts. Google Chrome is by far still currently the world's most popular desktop web browser. Bing Rewards, which paid people for using Bing as their search engine, has been rebranded as “Microsoft Rewards”. Customers can now earn rewards by using... Read more...
Microsoft brought some cool new features and functionality to Windows 10 with its recently released (and much anticipated) Anniversary Update, the second major upgrade to the OS since it was released in July of last year. Unfortunately, the Anniversary Update has at least one unintentional side effect—it breaks webcams. It doesn't break all webcams, but this is no small issue. Millions of popular webcams seem to be affected, including Logitech's popular C920 model, which is one we use at HotHardware for our Two And A Half Geeks video podcasts. The problem arises when an affected webcam tries to... Read more...
When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, many users were dismayed to hear that Microsoft had removed the toggle switch allowing you to completely disable the Cortana digital assistant. "With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana," said Microsoft about Cortana’s elevated status in the Anniversary Update. "Customers can expect the same great search experience powered by Bing and Microsoft Edge with the added benefit of Cortana’s personality."Cortana enabled in Windows 10 Anniversary Update However, despite earlier reports, there is still a way to completely... Read more...
The Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling out Microsoft for disregarding user privacy in Windows 10. The foundation is concerned that in Microsoft’s race to get Windows 10 on a billion devices by 2018, it has put user privacy on the back burner. Microsoft first installed an app in users’ system trays that advertised the free upgrade to Windows 10. When this tactic largely failed, Microsoft bundled the Windows 10 update in a variety of security patches. Microsoft then tried to feature Windows 10 as a “recommended update”. Microsoft even decided to interpret a user’s click on the ‘X’ in the... Read more...
There are plenty of rumors floating around claiming Apple is ditching the 3.5mm port on its next flagship handset, presumably called iPhone 7, in favor of using its Lightning cable port for connecting headphones and earphones, but the Cupertino outfit isn't alone in wanting to banish the traditional audio jack. Intel would like to see the 3.5mm port go the way of the dodo bird, though it wants USB Type-C to replace it.The Santa Clara chipmaker touched on the subject at its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco this week, a subject it's talked about before. Company architects Brad Saunders... Read more...
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