Windows 10 Spying Investigation

Windows 10 will keep spying on you no matter how hard you try to stop it

By on February 10, 2016 at 1:19 PM.

Windows 10 will keep spying on you no matter how hard you try to stop it

When you boot up Windows 10 for the very first time, you have the option to customize several settings related to the collection of data from Microsoft’s servers.

You can stop your machine from sending contact and calendar details, typing and speech data, location data and even error and diagnostic reports. Unfortunately, no matter how many boxes you uncheck, Microsoft is still going to collect information from your computer, whether you know it or not.
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HoloLens Demo

Every new HoloLens video makes us want it more

By on February 3, 2016 at 7:25 PM.

Every new HoloLens video makes us want it more

The future of virtual reality is exciting. Of that, there’s no question. But augmented reality — the combination of the physical and digital worlds — is easily just as tantalizing, if not even more exciting. Devices like the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens mark the start of a major shift in the way the world computes. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but scenes like the ones we’ve enjoyed in Microsoft’s various HoloLens promo videos will ultimately become a reality in the future.

And with each new video — like the one Microsoft just released — we’re reminded yet again of how badly we want that future to arrive. More →

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Microsoft SwiftKey Android iPhone

Why Microsoft paid $250M for one of the greatest Android and iPhone keyboard apps of all time

By on February 3, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Why Microsoft paid $250M for one of the greatest Android and iPhone keyboard apps of all time

Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed it purchased one of the greatest Android and iPhone keyboard apps of all time, paying $250 million for it, according to one report. The app is already installed on more than 300 million devices, having been one of the first third-party keyboard apps to be made available on both platforms.

The app in question is SwiftKey, which launched on Android a few years ago and then on iOS once Apple started allowing third-party keyboard apps in the app store. But why did Microsoft need a smartphone and tablet keyboard app when it makes a similar keyboard itself? And why this particular app? More →

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Stop Windows 10 Download

Windows 10 becomes an automatic download, even if you don’t want the upgrade

By on February 3, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Windows 10 becomes an automatic download, even if you don’t want the upgrade

Microsoft will start forcing Windows 10 updates on machines that are eligible for the free upgrade as soon as this week. And you won’t be able to do much to stop it. Windows 10 is now a recommended update, which means it’ll download itself on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and attempt to install. More →

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Windows Phone Sales

It’s game over for Windows Phone as device sales hit an all-time low

By on January 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

It’s game over for Windows Phone as device sales hit an all-time low

Try as it may, Microsoft simply can’t compete in a smartphone market still dominated by Apple’s iPhone and an assortment of Android handsets. As part of the company’s Q4 2015 earnings report, the company disclosed that it sold just 4.5 million Lumia phones during the busy holiday quarter. By way of contrast, Microsoft in the same quarter a year-ago sold 10.5 million units, a staggering 57% drop.

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Microsoft Edge Browser Private Data

Microsoft’s Edge browser is apparently saving your private browsing data

By on January 27, 2016 at 9:25 PM.

Microsoft’s Edge browser is apparently saving your private browsing data

As if Microsoft doesn’t have enough explaining to do when it comes to security on Windows 10, a recent investigation of Edge has revealed that the stock browser’s InPrivate mode doesn’t keep a user’s browsing history private at all. More →

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iPhone 6s Keyboard: Microsoft Word Flow

How Microsoft’s new iOS keyboard app will improve your texting game

By on January 26, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

How Microsoft’s new iOS keyboard app will improve your texting game

One problem some people might have with the larger new iPhones is that they’re too big for one handed operation, especially the Plus versions. But Microsoft has figured out how to help you text easily using just one of your hands, in spite of the iPhone’s size. The company will bring its Windows Phone keyboard to iOS in the very near future, The Verge has learned. There are many third-party keyboards already available in the App Store, but Microsoft has come up with a feature that makes its keyboard stand out.

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Turn Off Windows 10 Feedback App

How to stop Windows 10 from constantly bothering you about what’s bothering you

By on January 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

How to stop Windows 10 from constantly bothering you about what’s bothering you

Earlier this month, Microsoft unwittingly angered a significant portion of its user base by publishing frightening specific statistics about Windows 10 usage. The fact that Microsoft has access to this data wasn’t much of a surprise, but the lack of tact continually amazes users who are begging the company to be more forthright about its data collection.

Microsoft wants to know what bugs you about Windows 10, but sadly, Microsoft can’t even get that quite right.

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Microsoft Lumia 650 Announcement Date

Microsoft’s Lumia 650 will reportedly be the last Lumia, reveal set for February 1st

By on January 18, 2016 at 9:35 PM.

Microsoft’s Lumia 650 will reportedly be the last Lumia, reveal set for February 1st

It might be the end if the line for Lumia.

According to a recent report from Windows Central, Microsoft plans to officially unveil the Lumia 650 smartphone on February 1st. The reveal has been a long time coming, but sources tell Window Central that the announcement will be relatively mundane as Microsoft doesn’t plan to add to the Lumia line for the rest of 2016.

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Microsoft HoloLens Battery Life

Microsoft HoloLens leak paints dire battery picture

By on January 18, 2016 at 8:25 PM.

Microsoft HoloLens leak paints dire battery picture

The future of virtual and augmented reality looks brighter than ever, as more and more tech companies are getting ready to commercialize VR and AR products . One of them is Microsoft, which has regularly dazzled audiences over the past year with its HoloLens demos.

But while the demos look amazing, it’ll be a while until we can actually enjoy it in our homes. One of the problems with this particular headset appears to be battery life, as a new Microsoft leak reveals. More →

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Stop Automatic Windows 10 Upgrades

Stop automatic Windows 10 upgrades without installing any extra software

By on January 14, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

Stop automatic Windows 10 upgrades without installing any extra software

It’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft is giving up on converting all of its users to Windows 10. In fact, the notifications are as pesky as ever, but thankfully, there is a way to block the upgrade once and for all. More →

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Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability

Warning: All but one version of Internet Explorer will now be left open to attacks

By on January 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Warning: All but one version of Internet Explorer will now be left open to attacks

Are you running an old version of Windows or reading this article in an old version of Microsoft’s popular web browser, Internet Explorer? It’s OK, we understand. We all have our own software update horror stories that involve losing key features we rely on or even losing some of our data, and we know it can be difficult to trust again. Interestingly, the majority of those horror stories likely involve Microsoft’s Windows operating system, but that’s neither here nor there.

If you’re desperately clinging to the past and trying your hardest to avoid upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer, however, you now have bigger problems on your hands than potentially losing a few bookmarks when you update. More →

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iPad Pro Vs. Surface Pro 4 Microsoft

Microsoft: iPad Pro will never be more than a ‘companion’ device

By on January 12, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

Microsoft: iPad Pro will never be more than a ‘companion’ device

Microsoft may no longer be under the sway of Steve Ballmer and his ill-advised bombast but that doesn’t mean the company can’t still take some shots at rivals. Dan Laycock, the senior communications manager for Microsoft Surface, tells TrustedReviews this week that Apple’s iPad Pro can’t compare to Microsoft’s own Surface line of laptop-tablet hybrids and he said it would never be anything more than a “companion” device. More →

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