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The rivalry between Microsoft and Apple have just been reinvigorated thanks to a rather humorous commercial from the former that pokes fun at the iPad Pro. Apple introduced the iPad Pro late last year to court professional users who need to do more than just play games and watch Netflix with their tablets. The fruit company also launched a new “Smart Keyboard” alongside the iPad Pro, which is aimed at increasing productivity. Despite the change in [tablet] direction for Apple, sales haven’t exactly rebounded for Apple. And to add insult to injury, Microsoft is openly mocking the iPad Pro following... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft is finally removing the limited time price cuts and special offers for its Windows 10 Mobile flagships. After months of temporary price reductions and buy one get one free offers, Microsoft has instituted a permanent price cut for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. The Lumia 950 was originally priced at $549, and has now been reduced to $399. The range-topping Lumia 950 XL has seen its price fall from $649 to $499. Some would argue that these prices are still too high for smartphones that are running what many see as an also-ran operating system. Microsoft has less than... Read more...
We reported last week that users were having issues with the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update locking up their PCs. Some users have experienced freezing issues almost immediately after installing the major software update for Microsoft’s latest consumer operating system, which was released on August 2nd. Reddit user SolowingX wrote, “After logging in everything works for like 20 seconds. After that if I only mouse over the Start area, Taskbar, the black part simply, it freezes and I get a message that Windows is not responding." The problems are affecting a broad swath of customers running... Read more...
There was a ton of hype of anticipation leading up to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, otherwise known as Redstone 1 and the OS's second major update since it launched in July of last year. Now it's time to look ahead to Redstone 2, one of two major updates Microsoft has planned for next year. If you want to get an early look at what's in store, the first Redstone 2 preview build (14901) is available to Windows Insiders subscribers who are signed up to the Fast ring. At this early stage in Redstone 2's development, Microsoft says you won't see many big changes or new features. The focus for... Read more...
Microsoft just acquired Seattle-based company Beam in order to enhance the Xbox One experience. Beam will enable viewers to directly participate in a live streamer's gameplay and broadcast.  Matt Salsamendi, CEO and co-founder of Beam remarked, “As part of Xbox, we’ll be able to scale faster than we’ve ever been able to before. We’re expanding the team, bolstering our infrastructure, and most importantly, continuing to grow and support the amazing community at Beam.”Beam began in January 2016 as a “small group of passionate streamers and an awesome community”. It won Startup Battlefield and... Read more...
Microsoft set off a nuclear blast in the PC enthusiast community this past January when it announced that it would cut off support for Intel Skylake-based machines running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on July 17th, 2017. This was ostensibly a move to force more users to upgrade to Windows 10, or else face the possibility of losing access to security updates. The folks in Redmond, Washington justified the move at the time, citing the “advanced” age of the operating systems. Microsoft did, however, give some of its top OEM partners a reprieve, exempting select machines from its banhammer. Needless... Read more...
Someone at Microsoft is having one of those Southwest moments where the airlines asks, "Want to get away?" That's because someone at the Redmond outfit leaked a security key that could allow attackers to bypass the protections in Windows devices that are put in place through Secure Boot. Worse yet, now that the genie's out of the bottle, there's no putting it back in. Security researchers MY123 and Slipstream discovered the so-called golden key that they say allows someone with admin rights or with physical access to a system to bypass Secure Boot to install and run their operating system of choice,... Read more...
Back in early July we first began hearing rumors that Microsoft was making plans to add an all-in-one (AIO) PC to its Surface family. Microsoft has given us multiple generations of Surface and Surface Pro tablets along with the innovative Surface Book, so an AIO would be a welcome addition. Today, Windows Central is shedding a little bit more light on the rumored AIO along with the news that three different screen sizes are being tested by the folks in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft reportedly is working on a 21-inch Full HD version along with 24- and 27-inch models with 4K displays. All three... Read more...
The $299 2TB Xbox One S was the first SKU made available for Microsoft’s refreshed console, and it remains the only console that you can actually get your hands on at this moment. The 500GB and 1TB SKUs are available for pre-order right now, but won’t arrive in stores until August 23rd. We always knew that the 2TB model was considered the “Launch Edition” and that it would initially be available in limited quantities until production of the 500GB and 1TB SKUs was fully ramped up. However, what we didn’t know was that the 2TB SKU won’t be restocked once inventory is completely depleted. Microsoft... Read more...
Windows 10 has been out for almost a year and Microsoft is likely getting ready to release one of its most important updates. The Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update should start rolling out on August 9th for unlocked Lumias and other Windows Phone devices. Phones sold through carriers are likely to receive the update one week later, beginning Tuesday, August 16th. Microsoft's official Lumia India Twitter account also claimed that the update would occur on August 9th. However, the tweet has since been deleted and the account has responded with vague references to a general Anniversary Update.... Read more...
As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to back up your important data prior to installing any type of major update. That includes the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, essentially a modern day Service Pack, which seems to be tripping up some systems. If you head over to reddit, you'll find several complaints of PCs not responding shortly after logging in after applying the update.Reddit user SoloWingX brought the issue to attention with an ongoing post describing his initial problem and what effect various suggested troubleshooting steps have had on his setup. SolowingX says that "everything went... Read more...
It's no surprise that a number of exploitable security holes still exist in the operating systems we use each and every day. It's just the nature of the beast; we're talking about software that has hundreds of millions of lines of code. Despite a developer's best efforts, it's virtually impossible to release bulletproof software - with all the moving pieces it's just far too complex. What is a bit of a surprise, though, is knowing that a vulnerability exists and that a major corporation (seemingly) has no interest in patching it up. That's the only conclusion we can draw from a bug that still exists... Read more...
Another word of warning before you proceed with installing the Anniversary Update for Windows 10—you only have 10 days to decide if things are working out or whether you want to roll back to a previous build. After 10 days, Windows 10 locks you into the Anniversary Update for good, whereas previously Microsoft allowed 30 days to evaluate things.For most people this will be no big deal. In our limited testing, the Anniversary Update has been running fine on multiple PCs and configurations. But that's not going to be the case across the board. Limiting the ability to roll things back to a previous... Read more...
Google knows that Chrome has a power consumption problem; users definitely know that Chrome has a power consumption problem; and Microsoft has made it a point in recent months to harp on the issue. Microsoft has blasted Chrome for pulling up the rear in a series of benchmark tests that show it lagging far behind Windows 10’s Edge browser, and even the other competition (like Mozilla Firefox and Opera). Earlier this week, Google began pushing Chrome 52 to Android users with the promise that the browser “now feels smoother, loads faster, and consumes less battery.” Google representatives also told... Read more...
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