Microsoft might have just stolen some money from you with help of the Windows Store. In an extensive look at the “cesspool of scams” in the Windows Store, How-To Geek reveals how the store is crammed with fake versions of popular paid apps that people are unwittingly giving money to. And it all happens with Microsoft’s knowledge, which has not only encouraged (read: paid) developers to create apps for Windows, but has already manually verified them and approved them, and it’s taking a cut of any profits developers make from sales. More →
It’s always fun when people in positions of power are willing to step down to make a fool of themselves for a good cause. That’s what Satya Nadella, Mark Zuckerberg and Phil Schiller did earlier this week by dumping a bucket of freezing cold water onto their heads for the ALS awareness campaign, challenging their friends to do the same. One of the three people included in Zuckerberg’s list was Bill Gates, and he didn’t disappoint. More →
This fall is shaping up to be an action-packed one for smartphone fans. While every unannounced handset we know about so far will likely be an iterative update as opposed to an innovative release — this is, after all, a boring year for smartphone lovers — there will still be plenty of solid new options for shoppers heading into the holidays.
As is the case each year, Apple’s upcoming new iPhone is easily the most hotly anticipated of the bunch. According to dozens of reports, the iPhone 6 will finally feature a significantly larger display alongside upgraded internals.
Beyond Apple’s new iPhone, however, there is plenty more in store — and it looks like the best and brightest of the bunch will all be unveiled in just a few short weeks. More →
Windows enthusiast Paul Thurrott takes some exception to people who are tossing dirt onto Windows Phone’s grave. I agree with him that it’s still too early to say that Windows Phone is doomed to Zune-style failure but let’s be honest: Microsoft’s current strategy is floundering and it desperately needs a course correction. More →
Disgruntled Windows 8 users: there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning to release a Windows 9 “technology preview” sometime between the end of September and the beginning of October. In order to install the preview, you’ll have to agree to receive automatic monthly updates, but the preview will be publicly available for anyone interested in testing out the Threshold operating system. More →
For seven consecutive months now, the PlayStation 4 has dominated the sales charts. Sony announced at Gamescom this week that PS4 sales have surpassed 10 million units sold through to consumers, another huge milestone for the nine-month-old console and an indication that sales won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Even with a fairly limited selection of games, PS4 also took the top spot in software, accounting for more than half of all new generation game sales with The Last of Us Remastered coming out on top. More →
Although its Windows Phone platform may stuck in the mud, that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from developing some killer smartphone camera technologies over the last week. Just a few days ago we wrote about the amazing new technology that Microsoft has developed to help you make incredibly steady time-lapse videos while you’re walking around with your smartphone camera or GoPro. And now Technology Review brings us word that Microsoft engineers have figured out a way to modify ordinary smartphone cameras and give them the ability to take 3D images. More →
There’s a reasonable argument to be made on both sides about whether Microsoft should just dump Windows Phone and move to Android or whether it should stick things out and try to gradually improve its market share. However there is no argument that from a sales standpoint, Windows Phone has been a complete failure so far — and its shipments have actually gotten worse over the last year. More →
If you’ve ever wanted to see some of the most powerful individuals in the tech industry douse themselves in freezing cold water, now is your chance. In order to raise money and awareness for ALS, people all over the country are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, a movement which originated in Massachusetts when former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, diagnosed with the disease in 2012, dumped cold water on his head and dared others to do the same. They had 24 hours to respond — if they failed to complete the challenge within that time, they would have to donate to the ALS Association. More →
Microsoft on Tuesday released the Windows 8.1 August 12th update, just like it promised a few days ago, but users shouldn’t expect any interesting new features in this software update. After all, the company did say the Windows 8.1 August update will be a minor one, hinting that it will not include the highly anticipated return of the Start menu, in spite of what it said back at Build 2014. More →
If you’re waiting until the holiday season to pick up an Xbox One, you’re going to have a wealth of options to choose from. The most appealing offer might be the long-awaited white Xbox One included in the Sunset Overdrive bundle, but Call of Duty fans have their own exclusive bundle to look forward to. Microsoft announced at Gamescom on Tuesday that it was teaming up with Activision to release a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare-skinned Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive for $499.99 this fall. More →
Microsoft took Gamescom by storm on Tuesday morning with a huge showing of games coming this fall and early next year. Most, if not all of the games had been announced at previous events, but many of the attendees in Cologne, Germany will be the first to go hands-on with some of the biggest Xbox One games of the year, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection. More →