OneDrive Free Storage Referral Bonus

How to reclaim the free OneDrive storage Microsoft is about to take away

By on April 28, 2016 at 12:37 PM.

How to reclaim the free OneDrive storage Microsoft is about to take away

If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage with any regularity, chances are that you’re still reeling from the news that free users will have their storage cut from 15GB to 5GB on July 27th. Unless you visited a page on Microsoft’s website before January 31st, 2015, you’re going to lose 10GB of storage this summer.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to counteract the change. More →

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Where Did Microsoft Go Wrong

These were the worst decisions Bill Gates made as CEO of Microsoft

By on April 26, 2016 at 11:28 AM.

These were the worst decisions Bill Gates made as CEO of Microsoft

In 2016, Microsoft doesn’t carry quite the same cachet that it did a decade ago. Although Windows 10 has been widely praised as a step in the right direction, the company has never been able to garner the same good will that Apple has been swimming in for nearly a decade now. So who’s to blame?

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Windows Vs OS X

Microsoft is bringing my favorite iPhone and Mac feature to Windows 10

By on April 26, 2016 at 7:52 AM.

Microsoft is bringing my favorite iPhone and Mac feature to Windows 10

It’s incredible how quickly the tide can turn on the internet. It seems like just yesterday that hordes of angry Windows users were banding together and vowing in unison that they would never patronize Microsoft again because of its shoddy Windows 8 platform. Now, it’s almost as though Windows 8 never existed — apparently skipping 9 and jumping directly to 10 worked pretty well indeed.

But Windows 10 isn’t just a marketing trick, it’s a well-crafted desktop platform that doesn’t overcompensate for Microsoft’s shortcomings in mobile, which is why the Windows 8 experience was so terrible. The best part is that Microsoft continues to make important improvements to its Windows 10 platform, and it looks like the next big addition to Windows will be one of my favorite features from iOS and OS X. More →

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OneDrive Free Storage Limit

If you use Microsoft’s free OneDrive cloud storage, we hope you’re sitting down

By on April 25, 2016 at 6:06 PM.

If you use Microsoft’s free OneDrive cloud storage, we hope you’re sitting down

OneDrive users, we have some bad news and we think that you should probably be sitting down for it. Microsoft announced last year that it would be making some big changes to its cloud storage solution, OneDrive. Unfortunately, those changes were all bad news for users. For one, the company said that it intended to ditch its 100GB and 200GB plans and offer only a paid 50GB plan for $1.99 per month. Of note, that’s twice what Apple charges for the same amount of iCloud storage.

But that’s not even the really bad news. Microsoft also said that it planned to trim the amount of cloud storage available to free OneDrive users from 15GB to 5GB at some point in early 2016, and now we know exactly when the change will take place. More →

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Google Photos Search Keywords

How do computers know what they’re looking at?

By on April 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

How do computers know what they’re looking at?

Computers have become so advanced that they can recognize the contents of the photos you take with your iPhone or Android smartphone, meaning you’ll be able to easily find a certain picture by simply describing it to a computer in the future. It’s all possible thanks to advanced deep learning techniques that train computers to recognize all sorts of shapes and objects in regular images.

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Microsoft Vs DOJ Secrecy Orders

Microsoft just took a big stand against the government over user privacy

By on April 14, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Microsoft just took a big stand against the government over user privacy

Apple isn’t the only company that’s fighting with the government over user privacy these days. Via GeekWire, Microsoft has sued the United States Department of Justice and has asked a court to declare the government’s secrecy orders as unconstitutional. Microsoft says it objects to orders issued by the DOJ that say the company cannot inform customers when law enforcement officials are seeking access to customer information and data. More →

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Windows 10 Smart Mobile Hotspot

Microsoft has a clever idea to smarten up mobile hotspots

By on April 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM.

Microsoft has a clever idea to smarten up mobile hotspots

It seems we rarely use our phones and computers anymore without some kind of connection to the web. Whether it’s through 3G, LTE, or Wi-Fi, we’re always looking to be connected to the internet.

Microsoft knows we’re always looking for ways to improve our connectivity and that’s why it’s figured out a way to fix a concern some internet users are having with Wi-Fi tethering.

The Windows 10 maker has created software that can intelligently adapt the power consumption of a smartphone to maximize battery life while keeping up a Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used by other devices to connect to the internet. More →

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Microsoft Edge Flash Auto-Pause

Microsoft Edge is going to save you from annoying Flash ads in its next update

By on April 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

Microsoft Edge is going to save you from annoying Flash ads in its next update

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: you should probably disable Adobe Flash altogether. It’s nearly obsolete, it’s a resource hog and it’s often the culprit behind major security scares. But if you just can’t let Flash go, Microsoft Edge is going to at least make it easier to manage in its next update. More →

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Start Menu

First look at the upgraded Start menu from the next version of Windows 10

By on April 6, 2016 at 4:09 PM.

First look at the upgraded Start menu from the next version of Windows 10

The annual Microsoft Build Developer Conference has gotten progressive more interesting over the past few years, but there wasn’t quite as much to get excited about in 2016. But that’s not to say there weren’t any announcement, with one of the biggest centering around the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. More →

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NASA Microsoft HoloLens Mars Exhibit

Microsoft’s HoloLens will soon let you simulate walking on Mars

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Microsoft’s HoloLens will soon let you simulate walking on Mars

Microsoft didn’t make too many splashy headlines during the opening of its Build conference on Wednesday but it did show off some really cool new technology related to both artificial intelligence and mixed reality platforms. When it comes to the latter, the company announced that it’s teaming up with NASA to create a new experience where people can take a virtual walk on Mars with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. More →

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Microsoft Build Major Announcements Roundup

3 key announcements from Microsoft’s Build conference

By on March 30, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

3 key announcements from Microsoft’s Build conference

There weren’t any major fireworks at the opening keynote of Microsoft’s Build conference on Wednesday, but the company did make some important announcements that give us some clues about where the company is headed. Below we’ll recap the most important announcements that include everything from updates to Windows 10 to new frontiers in artificial intelligence. More →

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Microsoft Build 2016 Live Stream

How to watch the live stream of Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference at 11:30AM ET

By on March 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM.

How to watch the live stream of Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference at 11:30AM ET

Just over a week after Apple wrapped up its own spring event, Microsoft is preparing to kick off its annual Build Developer Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Although we shouldn’t expect to see any exciting hardware reveals, there should be a few announcements worth tuning in for at 11:30 a.m. ET. More →

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Microsoft Tay Tweets

The good news is that Microsoft’s AI chatbot isn’t a racist anymore…

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

The good news is that Microsoft’s AI chatbot isn’t a racist anymore…

We have good news and bad news about Microsoft’s chatbot experiment involving Tay, a Twitter account that the company hopes will someday interact with other Twitter users in a meaningful way without human assistance. The good news is that Tay is not a racist anymore. But the bad news is that it has apparently morphed into something else the world doesn’t need anymore of: A spambot. More →

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