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Anyone who was intrigued by the slick little 10-inch Surface Go that Microsoft unveiled early this month, and has been on the fence about pre-ordering one, a new Best Buy pre-order deal might put you over the top. Best Buy is offering a pre-order special for the Surface Go, tossing in some gift cards and free stuff that should make Microsoft's new tablet an even sweeter deal. The big give here is a $50 Best Buy E-gift card that is delivered via email. Once you pre-order the Surface Go and pick it up in the store or have it delivered to your home, Best Buy will confirm fulfillment and the gift card... Read more...
Gamers and tech enthusiasts have had their fair share of sales this summer from Amazon Prime Day to the Steam Summer Sale to the Google Store Summer Sale. If your bank account is still in decent shape, here is one more sale to entice you. Microsoft is offering deals on over 700 Xbox One and PC games, consoles, and subscriptions in its Ultimate Game Sale. The biggest draws of the Microsoft Ultimate Game Sale are the discounts on Xbox One games. Gamers can get up to 65% off while Xbox Live Gold members also save an additional 10% off the already discounted prices. There are many games on sale, but... Read more...
If you use an app for a while like Facebook or Twitter and you decide that you want to give a different app a try, trying to transfer your data and contacts can often times be a chore. The Data Transfer Project (DTP) wants to make that migration of data much easier by allowing users to move their content, contacts, and other data across apps. You might think of this as a pie-in-the-sky dream, but the Data Transfer Project has some of the biggest companies in the tech world as members. Those companies include Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft. Not only is the goal of the DTP to make it easier... Read more...
Microsoft has announced the results of its fiscal 2018 Q4 financials and things are looking very good over in Redmond. The software giant saw its gaming revenue grow a massive 39% year over year thanks to big Xbox software sales and services. This fiscal Q4 spanned April 1 through June 30 for Microsoft. Microsoft had 57 million active Xbox Live members for the quarter, which is down from the past two quarters where there were 59 million active users, but up year-over-year compared to the 53 million in fiscal Q4 2017. Microsoft racked up an increase in gaming revenue for the quarter of $643 million... Read more...
The Surface Pro tablet is already a very versatile mobile computing, especially when paired with the Type Cover which turns it into a competent productivity machine. For those that need a bit more than what Microsoft offers with the official Surface Dock, Kensington has its own take on boosting productivity with the SD7000 Dual 4K Surface Pro Docking Station. What first grabs your attention is the fact that the SD7000 in effect turns your Surface Pro into a miniature Surface Studio. It has an articulating hinge that lets you interact with the Surface Pro's display in an upright position or at the... Read more...
Microsoft revealed this morning that it will be announcing "all-new Xbox hardware and accessories" and "perhaps a few surprises" at this year's Gamescom, which is being held in Cologne, Germany. Microsoft will be making its big reveal during the Inside Xbox Show that will be broadcast live from Gamescom 2018 August 21st at 10:30am EST. Even though the current generation Xbox One was initially released in late 2013 and saw subsequent updates with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X in 2016 and 2017 respectively, we aren't likely to see next-generation Xbox hardware at the event. In fact, we're quite... Read more...
There is a new open standard in the realm of virtual reality and it has the backing of some industry heavyweights. including AMD, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Oculus (owned by Facebook), and Valve. All of those companies are part of a consortium that has introduced VirtualLink, and open industry standard that enables next generation VR headsets to connect to PCs via USB Type-C. Connecting headsets via USB Type-C would replace the current method of attaching VR gear to PCs using a combination of multiple USB 3.0/2.0 and HDMI cables, plus a power cable. The consortium is pushing for a single cable to rule... Read more...
If you're hoping to someday lay your hands on a true Surface Phone -- a successor to the now defunct Lumia product line but with more swanky hardware -- it appears as though that ship has already sailed. In a recent interview, Surface Chief Panos Panay reiterated that there are absolutely no plans in store for a traditional Surface smartphone that would go up against the likes of the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones. Panay made the comments in an interview with Wired, stating, "I wouldn't say that it includes a Surface Phone. I think you have to think about... Read more...
Microsoft has big plans in store for its Skype messaging/video conferencing client. The company just confirmed that it will add integrated call recording to the popular cross-platform client starting later this month. This won't be a case in which voice and video recordings are stored on your computer’s hard drive/SSD or your smartphone's internal storage: it will be a fully cloud-based solution. That means you will be able to access the cloud recordings from any device at any time (as long as you have an internet connection). "As soon as you start recording, everyone in the call is notified... Read more...
Facial recognition offers a wealth of uses, from allowing us to unlock our phones quicker to smartly cataloging our photos. With most cool tech, though, there's a lot of room for ill use, and that's a reality not lost on Microsoft. In its latest corporate blog post, the company starts off with a humorous analogy: "All tools can be used for good or ill. Even a broom can be used to sweep the floor or hit someone over the head." The post becomes more serious from that point on. From the get-go, Microsoft touts facial recognition for having uses that enrich our lives. Facebook and Microsoft use facial... Read more...
It seems as though many enthusiasts have Andromeda fever. And by Andromeda, we mean Microsoft's supposed upcoming ARM-powered dual-screen Surface device. Andromeda has been rumored for quite some time, and Surface Chief Panos Panay even fueled the rumormill with a cryptic tweet late last month. However, enthusiasts also know that Microsoft is prone to cancelling projects -- ahem, Courier -- which has sparked some to even file petitions urging the company to spare Andromeda. A new insider report suggests that Andromeda has [thankfully] not been canceled, but that the... Read more...
Microsoft is really looking to take the fight to Slack with its Teams collaboration tool. For those not in the know, Microsoft Teams is a platform for chatting, file sharing and video/audio calls (among other things) aimed at business users. In addition, Teams offers excellent integration with other Microsoft products including the ever-popular Office suite and Skype.  However, one area where Teams has come up short compared to Slack is when it comes to a free option. A free tier is critical for Teams to gain acceptance with small businesses, and it is a way to give customers a small "taste"... Read more...
Microsoft seemed set to make a big deal out of Windows 10 S Mode after the spectacular failure of Windows 10 S as a standalone operating system. Microsoft confirmed in March of this year that Windows 10 S was confusing for users and instead decides to focus on S Mode. The same month Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore confirmed that Windows 10 S Mode would land in 2019. When Windows 10 build 17686 turned up there was a setting called “Switch to S mode”, but at the time when clicked nothing happened other than to take the user to a Windows Activation page. That setting suggested the ability... Read more...
Microsoft is introducing Dolby Vision to support to its Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles, the company confirmed. It's already available to users who participate in the Xbox One Insider Program and who download the latest system update (version 1810), along with a few other goodies. Once it rolls out to the public, the Xbox One S and Xbox One S will join a select group of streaming devices that support both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. "Dolby Vision enables select TVs to take HDR up a notch with scene-by-scene precision and accuracy versus standard HDR which uses one setting for the entire movie/show... Read more...
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