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 →
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 →
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.
On July 29th, Microsoft stopped offering free Windows 10 upgrades.
At least, that was the plan, but as several publications discovered, Microsoft introduced a “free upgrade offer extension” shortly after the deadline had passed, giving customers who use assistive technologies a little bit longer to install Windows 10 in order to take advantage of the improvements in the Anniversary Update.
Almost exactly a year after launching Windows 10, Microsoft has begun rolling out the Anniversary Update for its new operating system. It’s packed with features and improvements, and best of all, it’s completely free to download.
Some people have been complaining about Microsoft’s incessant prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year. But come July 29th, many of those same people will complain about missing out on the opportunity to install Microsoft’s best operating system to date free of charge. More →
Microsoft is not a real contender in the smartphone business when it comes to hardware, but the company keeps launching exciting new apps for other platforms – or buying cool mobile apps – in its quest to dominate iPhone and Android. One such app from the software giant is Pix, a “smarter” camera app that’s supposed to take better pictures than the default iPhone camera app. Or, at least, that’s what Microsoft says. More →
I told you not to buy the Xbox One just a few weeks ago, when Microsoft announced a few interesting deals on its current model, making the console cheaper than ever. The reason was pretty simple. A better Xbox One version launches in early August — the Xbox One S — so you should hold on to your cash for that one. But Microsoft has done the unthinkable: it already reduced the price of the “old” Xbox One yet again. At $249, it’s cheaper than ever and it’s a very attractive option if you’re not looking to spend $399 on the Xbox One S. More →
You know you should upgrade to Windows 10 this weekend. The latest version of Windows, which is faster, more secure and more useful than its predecessor, is only a free upgrade until next weekend. After that, you’ll have to pay $120 for a piece of software, which is unconscionable.
However, all the facts in the world don’t disguise the truth that updating an operating system is always awful. Windows 10 promises you “all your stuff will be just where you left it!” which is basically a lie.
Luckily there’s a solution: alcohol. So sit back, crack a cold one (or 12), and get ready for a software update, adult-style.
After learning just how much data Windows 10 might be collecting from users, France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act and “stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent” within three months.
Having struggled to keep up with the PlayStation 4 for nearly three years, Microsoft knew it was going to have to bring the big guns to E3 2016. Rather than just announcing new games and peripherals, the company actually announced not one, but two (2!) new versions of the Xbox One console last month.
On paper, this sounds like a surefire way to reinvigorate a fan base. In reality, it might have unintentionally stalled Xbox One sales.
Pokemon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game that instantly went viral. Looking through the camera on your phone, you interact with objects that appear as if they’re part of your real-life surroundings. The game is incredibly addictive, as millions of Pokemon fans old and new are playing it around the world. But what if there was an even better way to play it? Rather than whipping out the phone all day long to catch Pokemon and fight at gyms, and rather than using that affordable accessory that’s launching soon, you could just use HoloLens.
One of the most exciting (and least surprising) announcements at E3 2016 was that of the Xbox One S. After months of speculation, Microsoft finally unveiled a sleeker, slimmer model of its latest console, but the company wasn’t ready to share an exact release date quite yet. That all changed on Monday, when we finally learned when we’d be able to get our hands on the Xbox One S.