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Microsoft and Consumer Reports (CR) have no love for each other of late with CR putting a blanket decision in withdraw recommendations for Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets. The original Surface Book from Microsoft received the "Recommended" rating from CR, only to see it retracted after the publication claimed that its surveys showed that there were issues in as many as 25% of all Surface Book laptops. With that blanket decision to not issue any "Recommended" ratings to Microsoft devices, this means that new Surface Book 2 won't receive the rating no matter how good it is. CR spokesperson... Read more...
Retro gaming is hotter right now than it has ever been, as evidenced by the wildly popular (and pint-sized) NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition consoles from Nintendo. However, Nintendo is not the only one getting in on the action. Microsoft announced at E3 earlier this year that Xbox One's backwards compatibility would be expanding to include games from the original Xbox. Thanks to a recent Twitter post by a notorious Microsoft leaker, we now know exactly which Xbox games are headed. Twitter user WalkingCat got his hands on a screen capture of several original Xbox titles that are headed... Read more...
Microsoft is prepping a version of its popular Surface Pro tablet/laptop/2-in-1/convertible (or however you want to classify it) with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem inside. A peek at the Surface Pro's product page in the Microsoft Store now states that the LTE-equipped variant will be available sometime next spring, and not on December 1 as a Surface Pro product manager stated last month at Microsoft's Ignite conference. There is an FAQ section at the bottom of the Surface Pro product page and one of the questions asks when LTE will be available. It goes like this: When will LTE be available?... Read more...
Microsoft and Google don't have that much love for each other. The two are rivals in the search market with Google being far and away the most popular search engine, leaving Bing with the table scraps. Google also has the most popular mobile operating system forcing Microsoft to admit that its mobile OS is dead. Google also went public with a Windows flaw bask in February that Microsoft was slow to patch, seemingly as a way to shame Redmond into patching the issues. Microsoft is now hitting back at Google with a bit of admonishment for a security issue in the Chrome browser. Reports indicate that... Read more...
When it comes to multiplayer gaming, there are few things worse than spineless cheaters; well, maybe lag and TKers. Thankfully, Microsoft is looking to attack cheaters head-on with its new TruePlay system, which debuted with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. TruePlay is an anti-cheat system that is meant to give developers a relatively easy way to thwart the efforts of those prone to exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct on the virtual battlefield/race track/sports arena. According to Microsoft, TruePlay runs as a "protected process", and should help alleviate common cheats like aimbots. "A game... Read more...
Adobe has added support for Microsoft's puck-shaped Surface Dial accessory to Photoshop CC, the hugely popular photo editing program that is both feature-rich and at times complex. This is a big win for Microsoft, as app support for the Surface Dial has not exactly been robust to this point. It originally launched as a companion device to the Surface Studio all-in-one PC, but with Photoshop CC compatibility, the Surface Puck gains street cred, and a potentially bigger audience. "There is something magical about the combination of Surface Dial and Surface Pen. When you fold these capabilities in... Read more...
Good news everyone, the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 is finally here. It brings with it a whole bunch of new features and improvements to various parts of the Windows 10 experience (including a big mixed reality push), though the download takes up a significant amount of disk space. Unfortunately, the Fall Creators Update does not do a great job of cleaning up after itself when it is finished installing, but if you take matters into your own hands, you can free up a several gigabytes of disk space—around 20GB to 30GB, or even more.That is pretty significant, especially if you are rocking... Read more...
Windows 10 laptops powered by Qualcomm's flagship mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835, are eventually coming. Microsoft announced as much way back at the end of last year, and talked a little more about these laptops this week at Qualcomm's annual 5G Summit in Hong Kong. One of the more interesting tidbits to emerged involved battery life—apparently these laptops will last longer than a day before needing to be charged. As it stands now, all-day battery life is not super common in the laptop world, though there have been gains made in the past couple of years. Take Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon,... Read more...
Hacking happens all the time, and when it affects a large number of people, companies typically disclose the breach. Not always, of course, sometimes not even in a timely manner. As it pertains to Microsoft, something a little different occurred several years ago. Several former employees say a sophisticated hacking group busted into a secret internal database, which Microsoft never made public. Five ex-employees each told Rueters the same thing in separate interviews. All of them claim the breach happened in 2013, with Microsoft responding in private rather than disclosing the extent of the attack... Read more...
Microsoft just announced a few brand new products: a pair of powerful new Surface Book 2 devices featuring 8th Gen Intel Core Processors and NVIDIA graphics, and a Surface Precision Mouse designed to be the perfect companion to the devices. The new Surface Book 2 borrows virtually all of the physical design cues of the original, but this latest iteration features more powerful hardware, better battery life, enhanced display technology, and a myriad of other refinements that improve upon the first Surface Book. We have a quick hands-on video to share if you’d like a visual tour before we dig in... Read more...
The Fall Creators Update will be available for Windows 10 users starting tomorrow, but if you have an Xbox One console, the fun starts today. Microsoft announced that the Fall Update is now rolling out to the Xbox One and Xbox One S -- it will also presumably be preinstalled on the upcoming Xbox One X. Thanks to the feedback provided by Xbox Insiders, Microsoft has a wealth of new functionality, performance, and usability improvements that are packed in to the Fall Update. For starters, the Home screen is even more customizable, allowing you to have up to 40 pins for the content that you want.... Read more...
This morning we talked about a researcher from KU Leuven University in Belgium who had discovered a major security vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol that is used to secure wireless internet traffic. That vulnerability could be used to allow a nefarious attacker to glean confidential details sent over WiFi such as usernames and passwords for secure websites. At least one software company didn't waste any time with an update, with Microsoft confirming that it released an update on October 10th that addressed the exploit. Microsoft has released a patch that will fix the... Read more...
This isn't the first time that Windows 10 has come under attack from government regulators, and it probably won't be the last. Autoriteir Persoonsgegevens, the Data Protection Authority (DPA) for the Netherlands, is accusing Microsoft of violating data protection laws with the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro operating systems. The Dutch DPA alleges that Microsoft is doing a poor job of informing customers of the type of data that it collects, and how their personal data is used by the company. The Dutch DPA goes on to state that Microsoft does not inform customers that it continuously collects... Read more...
We have less than a month to go before Microsoft releases its powerful Xbox One X console to retail. Priced at $500 in the United States, the Xbox One X is an upgraded version of the Xbox One that is built to tackle 'true' 4K resolution gaming at 60 frames per second. The added graphics and processing muscle will also benefit users who do not own a 4K-capable television. That said, Microsoft's Phil Spencer admits that similar to the Xbox One Elite controller, the Xbox One X is "not for everybody." "Whether you're on a 1080p TV or a 4K TV, you're going to have a great experience. But it's not everybody,"... Read more...
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