Browser Battery Life

Microsoft used fudged tests to pretend the Edge browser is actually good

By on September 16, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Microsoft used fudged tests to pretend the Edge browser is actually good

The inbuilt Windows browser, whether you’re talking about Internet Explorer or Edge, mostly exists to be the butt of bad jokes. But Microsoft has greater aspirations for Edge, and it’s working hard to make it a real browser. It’s made grown-up browser things like extensions and an engine that isn’t lamentably slow, and it’s all kinda coming together.

But not fast enough, which is why Microsoft had to “intelligently” use test results to make it seem like Edge is a competitive browser. For shame, Microsoft.

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Surface Pro 4 vs MacBook

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 ad comes complete with MacBook shaming and silly music

By on September 12, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 ad comes complete with MacBook shaming and silly music

Microsoft is back with a new TV commercial that promotes its Surface Pro 4 laptop. And, just as expected, the ad once again focuses on taking shots at Apple’s MacBook. The message Microsoft is sending has not changed: The Surface Pro is better than MacBooks. More →

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Review
Xbox One S Review

Xbox One S review: Everything the Xbox One should have been, and more

By on September 2, 2016 at 11:50 AM.

Xbox One S review: Everything the Xbox One should have been, and more

As a consumer, I’ve never cared much about video game console redesigns. I had the boxy PlayStation 2 until I no longer had any use for a PlayStation 2. I still have an OG PlayStation 3 sitting in my entertainment center, complete with the backwards compatibility that the console lost post-revision.

It just never made any sense to me to buy a slimmer console that didn’t do anything that the box sitting in my living room couldn’t already do.

The Xbox One S is different. It’s a genuine upgrade.

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Surface Book 2 Release Date

Instagram pic teases Microsoft’s redesigned Surface Book 2

By on August 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM.

Instagram pic teases Microsoft’s redesigned Surface Book 2

Microsoft on Sunday took to Instagram to post a teaser image of the Surface Book, saying that Surface is “your key to success.” The company didn’t say anything about the photo, but people soon noticed there was something odd with the picture. It didn’t show the same Surface Book hinge that Microsoft introduced on the first model. Instead, the image hints at a significant design change coming in this year’s Surface Book 2. More →

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Surface Pro 4 vs. MacBook Air

Microsoft keeps mocking the MacBooks it uses as quality benchmarks

By on August 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Microsoft keeps mocking the MacBooks it uses as quality benchmarks

Both Microsoft and Apple are preparing to launch new laptops this year, but it’s only the Redmond-based company that’s making a big fuss about its existing lineup. In a hilarious attack on the Mac, Microsoft says – well, sings – that the Macs are less useful, just like as a hat for your cat. The 30-second ad is funny, but also rather ironic, as Microsoft is making fun of the devices that it also happens to praise.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Fail

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

By on August 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM.

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10’s collection of data, and the “malicious” way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you’re not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride.

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Surface vs iPad Pro

Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commercial

By on August 16, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commercial

There’s little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple’s device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss.

The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything.

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Windows Holographic OS

Every Windows 10 PC will get Windows Holographic next year

By on August 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Every Windows 10 PC will get Windows Holographic next year

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 is a phenomenal smartphone and Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 is shaping up to be an exciting upgrade as well. Companies are making huge strides in the virtual reality space right now, and we’re seeing very early versions of autonomous driving software reach the public. But for my money, mixed reality devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens make up the most exciting segment in consumer technology right now — at least, in terms of products that will materialize and be widely available in the next couple of years.

On Tuesday, Microsoft gave users even more cause for excitement when it announced ambitious plans to make mixed reality tech widely accessible as soon as next year. More →

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Xbox One S Laptop

Don’t ask why you’d turn an Xbox One S into a laptop, just be impressed

By on August 11, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

Don’t ask why you’d turn an Xbox One S into a laptop, just be impressed

Earlier this month, Microsoft released the Xbox One S, a console that has a smaller footprint than its predecessor, but also comes ready to offer some neat additional features. However, you still need to hook up the Xbox One S to a TV set and a power supply to play games, and you can’t take it with you on the road. That’s unless you hire Eddie Zarick to build you an Xbook One S, which is exactly what you expect: an Xbox One S laptop. More →

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Surface Book 2 Pro 5 Release Date

Microsoft’s new Surface Book could make the OLED MacBook Pro dead on arrival

By on August 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Microsoft’s new Surface Book could make the OLED MacBook Pro dead on arrival

Thinner, faster, and with awesome new tricks up its sleeve. That’s pretty much what the 2016 MacBook Pro refresh is expected to be according to multiple reports, making it the most significant MacBook Pro update in recent years. But Apple isn’t the only company preparing a hot laptop for this year’s end, as Microsoft is working on its own Surface upgrades. More →

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Windows 10 Tips And Tricks 2016

How to enable Windows 10’s hidden Dark Mode

By on August 4, 2016 at 7:20 PM.

How to enable Windows 10’s hidden Dark Mode

Somewhere deep inside Apple’s iOS 10 beta software there’s a special “dark mode” feature just waiting to come out. Sadly, users don’t have access to it just yet — in fact no one does unless you’re a developer and you know how to dig for it. As it turns out, Microsoft’s Windows 10 software also has a hidden dark mode. When enabled, it’s a theme that turns the platform’s entire interface dark. The heavy use of black and other dark tones in Microsoft’s dark theme make the UI look incredibly sleek, and it’s also a bit easier on your eyes.

The bad news is there’s no simple toggle in older versions of Windows 10 that makes enabling and disabling this cool feature simple. But the good news if you don’t want to install the new anniversary update is that unlike iOS 10’s dark mode, anyone can enable the dark theme in any version of Windows 10 in just a few minutes by following the guide below. More →

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The latest update finally fixes one of Windows’ oldest problems

By on August 3, 2016 at 2:21 PM.

The latest update finally fixes one of Windows’ oldest problems

There’s a long list of reasons why you should probably download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: better Cortana, the new Windows Ink, or just the long list of bug and security fixes. But if all that doesn’t do it for you, how about a long-needed fix to the way Windows handles licenses?

Starting with the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 now contains an “Activation Troubleshooter,” which lets you associate your copy of Windows with a Microsoft account, rather than tying it to the physical computer hardware. That noise you hear in the background? It’s everyone who has ever built their own PC crying with joy.

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