Cyanogen Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon

Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

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Microsoft might be interested in acquiring the most popular custom Android build ever

Many Android users unhappy with what the mobile operating system has to offer have looked at various custom ROMs based on Google’s latest OS version that offered additional tools to improve their overall mobile experience. CyanogenMod is one such Android-based build that become so popular in recent years that its founder decided to turn it into a business, Cyanogen Inc. That company is apparently now tracked by various tech industry giants that are highly interested in the mobile business, The Information has learned, including Microsoft. More →

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Xbox One September Update

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

By about 4 hours ago.

The Xbox One update you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been incredibly successful up to this point, but there’s no question that the new consoles would have benefitted greatly from a little more time in development before launch. By lacking a few key features, both consoles felt unfinished, but Microsoft has been hard at work getting the Xbox One up to speed. The latest update might be the most significant one yet. More →

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Xbox Games With Gold September

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

By on August 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Here are the 3 free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September

Xbox One owners have a lot to look forward to this fall, from a healthy supply of third-party releases to some huge console exclusives, but the one title that loyal Xbox fans can’t wait to pick up is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With over 100 multiplayer maps and four complete campaigns, the collection is going to be one of the best deals of the holiday season, but the package doesn’t contain everything. That’s where next month’s Games with Gold comes in. More →

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PS4 and Xbox One vs PC and Mobile

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

By on August 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

PS4 and Xbox One are fighting back against mobile and PC gaming

Over the last several years, there has been a paradigm shift in the gaming industry. Consoles, unchallenged for years as the PC market faded, slowly started to lose ground as smartphones and tablets became competent gaming platforms. Suddenly, everyone was playing games on their mobiles devices, from casual fans to hardcore gamers. Things got even more contentious when Steam hit the scene, bringing triple-A and indie developers alike back to the PC in droves. More →

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Microsoft Windows Store Spam Apps

Microsoft vows to clean up its crapware-infested Windows app store

By on August 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Microsoft vows to clean up its crapware-infested Windows app store

A recent report has revealed that the Windows app store filled with crappy apps and deceitful wannabe software that can trick the user into paying for an application that looks like the real thing. It also said Microsoft may be well aware of the situation, as the company both encouraged app developers to deliver Windows Store apps in bulk, and manually approved them. It appears Microsoft is well aware of its Windows Store problem indeed, and the company said on its Windows blog that it will finally restore order to its Windows Store. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issues

At least Microsoft’s new cardboard Surface Pro 3 won’t run into overheating issues

By on August 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

At least Microsoft’s new cardboard Surface Pro 3 won’t run into overheating issues

Microsoft has managed to build a sort-of-working cardboard version of the Surface Pro 3 tablet/laptop hybrid, sending units to schools in Australia as part of its Surface Pro 3 international launch celebration. More →

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Xbox One Standalone Kinect Release Date

Microsoft thinks you’ll pay $150 for something you didn’t want to spend $100 on

By on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

Microsoft thinks you’ll pay $150 for something you didn’t want to spend $100 on

One of the smartest moves Microsoft made this year was unbundling the Kinect from the Xbox One. The Kinect is an intriguing device, but lacking significant support from virtually every game released on the Xbox One up to this point, gamers in the market for a new console saw the $500 price tag and decided to take their chances with the PlayStation 4 instead. Sales picked up though once the Xbox One dropped to $400 and now Microsoft is finally ready to reintroduce the Kinect as a separate product. More →

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Xbox One Concept Design

This is the Xbox One Microsoft should have made

By on August 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

This is the Xbox One Microsoft should have made

The Xbox One gets a lot more flak than it deserves. Despite its relatively disappointing sales in the international market, it’s still an extraordinarily capable next-gen console with an impressive line-up of first-party software and an update schedule that has kept it consistently ahead of the competition when it comes to additional features. The one thing the Xbox One can’t fix? Its look. More →

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Windows 9 Upgrade Price

Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users

By on August 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users

As Microsoft is readying the public release of its Windows 9 Technical Preview, Myce reports that Russian hacker group WZOR has released more details about the upcoming operating system. More →

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Windows 9 Interface Updates

More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak

By on August 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak

Based on several trusted sources from around the Internet, the Windows Threshold (aka Windows 9) technical preview will be available at the end of September for everyone to try, but there’s still plenty we don’t know about Microsoft’s next major operating system. Much has been made of the returning Start menu and Cortana’s transition to the desktop, yet we still don’t have a clear picture of how Threshold will build upon the interface of Windows 8. More →

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Windows 9 Features: Faster Updates

This new Windows 9 feature could help you avoid huge headaches

By on August 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

This new Windows 9 feature could help you avoid huge headaches

Microsoft is about to unveil Windows 9 “Threshold” Technical Preview in late September, and the first features of the upcoming operating system have already started leaking. Among them, Neowin has found out that Windows 9 may offer users a significantly more convenient way to install future Windows builds. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Vs. MacBook Air

The biggest reason Microsoft has started targeting the MacBook Air

By on August 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

The biggest reason Microsoft has started targeting the MacBook Air

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s been a noticeable shift in the way Microsoft has been promoting its Surface line of tablets — instead of pitting it against the iPhone like it’s traditionally done, it’s started pitting it against the MacBook Air. This may seem a bit puzzling since Apple sells more iPads every year than it does MacBook Airs but it actually makes all the sense in the world, as an excellent analysis by ZDNet’s Ed Bott makes clear. More →

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Xbox One Free Play Day

Leaked promo reveals a sweet new Xbox One feature you won’t see on the PS4

By on August 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM.

Leaked promo reveals a sweet new Xbox One feature you won’t see on the PS4

Game demos had a minor resurgence during the last generation. A quick search on either the PlayStation Store or the Xbox Marketplace brings up hundreds of results for demos of PS3 and Xbox 360 games, but the same can’t be said for PS4 and Xbox One. We haven’t heard much from either console maker regarding the future of game demos, but one Reddit user might have uncovered Microsoft’s plans. More →

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