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All eyes are going to be on Apple next month, as the company is scheduled to announce its next generation iPhone 6S/6S Plus smartphones along with new iPads (and possibly a next generation Apple TV). But attention will shift in October, as Microsoft is set to launch its Surface Pro 4 along with the long-awaited refresh to its Lumia smartphone range at the flagship level. A Surface Pro 4 is almost certainly a lock for the October event, given that the current Surface Pro 3 is over a year old, which is pretty long lifecycle in the tech industry. We don’t have much by way of leaked features or specs... Read more...
Siri isn’t yet on Mac OS X, but Cortana is, thanks to PC virtualization software Parallels Desktop 11. Launched today, the new version of the software is expected to be as much as 50 percent faster than previous iterations and features Cortana, Microsoft’s digital, personal assistant. Parallels Desktop lets users run Windows (Windows 10, in this case) apps on their Macs. It’s a handy tool for anyone and must-have for many business users who need the flexibility of being to use either OS. Although Cortana is a Windows 10 feature, Parallels says that customers can use Cortana with Mac applications,... Read more...
There’s no question that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is walking away from the Xbox One in the console sales race this generation. This is despite the fact that Sony has held the line on pricing, keeping its 500GB console at the $399 price point, while Microsoft effectively instituted a $100 price cut by ditching the Kinect camera, and later implemented a permanent price drop to $349 (not to mention numerous crazy bundle deals). But the sizable sales lead that the PS4 has over the Xbox One is of little concern to Microsoft’s Xbox execs. Rather, the company is more focused on improving the gaming experience... Read more...
Windows Insiders are a big reason why Microsoft was able to get Windows 10 out the door on time and address numerous issues with the operating system that might have not otherwise been identified by internal testers. With Windows 10 now in the hands of millions of customers, Microsoft is now moving forward with newer builds of the operating system in an effort to provide continual improvements to its best operating system in years. Windows 10 Build 10525 is now available to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. Some of the changes are rather mundane, like the ability to change the default color for... Read more...
Amid all the praise Windows 10 is receiving around the web, there is one thing that's at the center of most complaints -- automatic updates. Windows 10 Home users generally don't have a choice in the matter, the updates are mandatory and sent out automatically. For some people with limited bandwidth, that policy is causing a problem.According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Windows 10 users in remote locations are getting hit with big bills resulting from forced updates pushing them beyond their data caps. One example is a woman who lives in the Cook Islands, an autonomous region associated with... Read more...
If you need proof that a new Surface Pro is on the way, look no further than a new round of price cuts that Microsoft has bestowed upon its aging tablet. The model that is receiving attention in particular today is the Surface Pro 3 with the Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB solid state drive (SSD). The tablet usually retails for $999, but Microsoft is running a one-day special, which sees the price drop by $200 to a more palatable $799. While the Core i5 processor and 128GB of RAM is quite respectable, you’ve been warned that the device is only paired with 4GB of RAM. So while the $200 discount... Read more...
Sometimes I wonder if we should cook up a TMZ-style column explicitly for reporting on all the drama that transpires between AMD and NVIDIA. Today we’ve witnessed one of the first shots fired from one of those camps, on what’s poised to be a very heated battleground over the next several years: DirectX 12. Over the weekend press was handed access to one of the world’s first DirectX 12 benchmarks courtesy of Oxide’s Ashes of the Singularity. This isn’t a synthetic test like 3DMark’s API overhead feature test, but rather a true real-world benchmark using a pre-Beta version of the upcoming game. And... Read more...
Although Microsoft says it didn’t intend to take over the Internet with its viral “Gears of War” commercial in 2006, the company is clearly hoping to recreate some of that hoopla with its reimagined ad this week. The company just released an ad for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition that features the same “Mad World” song and more of clever storytelling that made the original a hit with fans. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition The first Gears of War commercial struck a chord with gamers, thanks in part to the quiet, haunting song, Mad World, which seemed to amplify both the commercial’s more reflective... Read more...
It looks like Microsoft has gotten a handle on the problems that were plaguing the App Store in Windows 10.Earlier this month, users began reporting some downright weird problems, including a mail client that wouldn’t allow users to open certain emails. Other users reported problems with downloading apps in the Store and still others weren’t able to get into the App Store at all. As the bugs piled up, Microsoft released an updated version of the Windows 10 Store, solving some of the problems. Still, many users were experiencing problems, particularly when it came to installing their apps. PC restarts... Read more...
It's time for another dose of skepticism, because more information has been brought to light over how much data is being sent to Microsoft with its latest operating system. According to an anonymous source on a Czech website (translation available here), key-logged information and even file search results are sent back to Microsoft with Windows 10. This follows on from information regarding data being sent back to Microsoft, even with the various privacy options disabled. The Internet-enabled services like Cortana, OneDrive, News, Weather, etc., can be set to not send information... Read more...
So you’ve got an Xbox One console and you also just so happen to have a kickass rig that’s running Windows 10. Chances are that you’ve already tried Xbox One game streaming to your rig, either to see how if the feature works or if it’s worth the effort. If you gave game streaming a try and weren’t impressed with the the “High” image quality setting, a hidden “Very High” image quality setting has been unearthed that greatly improves visuals across the board.  The Very High setting was discovered by curious reddit users, and it definitely goes a long way towards making games less blurry. However,... Read more...
Concerns surrounding the security and privacy of Microsoft's latest OS continue to grow today with the revelation that even when using aggressive privacy settings, Microsoft still phones home with certain information. This came to light via Ars Technica, which put the many different privacy-related settings in Windows 10 to the test. It was discovered that even if an offline user account was used, some identifiable information was sent to Microsoft, notably some related to OneDrive. In one case, an ID number was sent to a mysterious content delivery network. In some cases, the information sent... Read more...
If you’re a business that was excited about the prospects of securing one of Microsoft’s impressive new Surface Hubs, we’ve got a bit of bad news to deliver. One month ago, Microsoft announced that it was delaying shipments for the collaboration tool despite the fact that pre-orders had opened up on July 1st. Microsoft didn’t give an exact time frame for when shipments would actually commence, simply noting that it was tuning the “manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale” and that the company was adjusting its “product roll-out schedule to ensure we deliver a great customer... Read more...
Just when we were ribbing Microsoft for taking its sweet time to release a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, the company responds today with a fresh build. We can’t say that we’re surprised, considering that Microsoft’s Gabe Aul tweeted yesterday, “We have a build that is looking good (in the 105xx range) to share very soon, but it won't be today.” Little did we know that “very soon” actually meant tomorrow. And here we are, starting at Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10512. It has just hit the Fast ring for testers, which means that Slow ring testers that have been without an update for... Read more...
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