Windows 10 Privacy Security Tips Tricks

The most important Windows 10 security settings for guarding your privacy

By on August 5, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

The most important Windows 10 security settings for guarding your privacy

So you’re one of the millions of Windows users who have upgraded to Microsoft’s latest operating system and you’ve heard that the company tracks and collects a boatload of information about you. Don’t be afraid, though, there are things you can do to prevent that. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Deal Major Disaster

Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition was an even bigger disaster than we ever imagined

By on August 5, 2015 at 3:20 PM.

Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition was an even bigger disaster than we ever imagined

Microsoft bought Nokia’s handset division thinking it could use the company’s considerable hardware talent to build phones capable of going head-to-head with the iPhone. It was clear at the time of the deal that this was never going to happen and that’s why we weren’t surprised to see that Microsoft last month was forced to eat a $7.6 billion writedown related to the deal. But now TechCrunch has taken a look at some of the numbers Microsoft posted in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that reveal the Nokia deal was an even bigger disaster than we realized. More →

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Windows 10 GodMode Tips Tricks

The one Windows 10 tweak every user needs: ‘GodMode’

By on August 5, 2015 at 10:16 AM.

The one Windows 10 tweak every user needs: ‘GodMode’

There are plenty of Windows 10 tips and tricks that you should be aware of – check our Windows 10 cheat sheet to learn about many of them – but there’s one hidden feature that will let you customize Windows 10 in ways you never thought were possible. More →

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Windows 10 Privacy

Stop Windows 10 spying dead in its tracks with one free app

By on August 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Stop Windows 10 spying dead in its tracks with one free app

The verdict is in: people love Windows 10. Microsoft’s new operating system has been a hit with the tech press and users alike, with millions of people around the world singing the new software praise. Yes, anything is better than Windows 8, but Windows 10 isn’t just “better than Windows 8,” it really is a terrific piece of software that dials back Microsoft’s earlier missteps and encourages productivity.

Of course, nothing is perfect and Windows 10 has a few issues. Beyond the bugs — here are some common Windows 10 problems and how to fix them — Microsoft’s Windows 10 software has some features that can certainly be considered an invasion of privacy, and they’re enabled by default. We told you how to opt out of several of Windows 10’s spying features in an earlier article, but now there’s a new free program that can do almost all of the heavy lifting for you. More →

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Rare Replay Review

Rare Replay review: The future of old school gaming

By on August 4, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

Rare Replay review: The future of old school gaming

When I was young, I didn’t pay attention to the names of the developers on the boxes of my favorite games. I just loved playing good games. It would be years before I took an interest in the industry as a whole, but looking back, nearly every game I played in my formative years had the same name on the box: Rare. More →

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Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Windows 10

This new $170 laptop might be the cheapest way to get your Windows 10 fix

By on August 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM.

This new $170 laptop might be the cheapest way to get your Windows 10 fix

Not all the press surrounding Windows 10 has been positive, especially in regards to Microsoft’s tendency to watch everything you’re doing on your new operating system, but the software itself is an accomplishment.

I said as much in my first impressions piece, but if you haven’t had an opportunity to try out Windows 10 yet and you’re just dying to get your hands on it, Acer has a low-cost solution you might want to check out. More →

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Xbox One vs PS4 Gamescom 2015

3 huge ways the Xbox One just showed up the PS4

By on August 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM.

3 huge ways the Xbox One just showed up the PS4

When Microsoft announced backward compatibility for the Xbox One at E3 2015, I began to see the first signs of the tide shifting in Microsoft’s favor. After flubbing the reveal of its new-gen console, Microsoft has been doing everything in its power to restore the faith of its fans, from bringing in Phil Spencer as Xbox head to launching an endless stream of affordable bundles.

Still, the sales haven’t quite caught up with the PlayStation 4, but when Sony decided to skip Gamescom 2015, Microsoft knew it had a golden opportunity to gain some ground.

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Crackdown 3 Quantum Break Scalebound Trailers

Microsoft just released trailers for 3 awesome Xbox One exclusives – watch them right here

By on August 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM.

Microsoft just released trailers for 3 awesome Xbox One exclusives – watch them right here

Microsoft kicked off Gamescom 2015 with a bang as it debuted trailer after trailer for its 2016 Xbox One lineup. As expected, Quantum Break, Crackdown 3 and Scalebound were all present at the briefing on Tuesday morning, complete with new trailers and never-before-seen gameplay footage. More →

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Xbox Gamescom 2015 Live Stream

Watch the Xbox Gamescom 2015 press conference live stream right here at 10AM ET

By on August 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM.

Watch the Xbox Gamescom 2015 press conference live stream right here at 10AM ET

Despite the enormous size and scale of E3, video game companies simply can’t fit everything into a single show. That’s why it’s always worth paying attention when Cologne, Germany hosts Gamescom — Europe’s largest gaming trade fair.

It’s basically a second E3, and on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET, Microsoft will kick off the show with a live streamed briefing showcasing games we saw earlier this summer and debuting new games for the very first time. More →

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Windows Phone Failure

Microsoft engineer exposes the inside story: Why Windows Phone was doomed from the start

By on August 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM.

Microsoft engineer exposes the inside story: Why Windows Phone was doomed from the start

It’s almost tragic how Microsoft, with a multi-year head start in the mobile phone market, was completely blindsided by the iPhone. Indeed, it’s somewhat easy to forget that Microsoft, going as far back as 2000, was already putting incarnations of Windows Mobile on PDAs and smartphones.

Even more mind-boggling is that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, even after Apple showed the world where the smartphone market was headed, naively laughed off the notion that the iPhone might pose a strategic threat.

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Windows 10 Security

How to protect yourself against Windows 10’s controversial new Wi-Fi Sense feature

By on August 3, 2015 at 12:46 PM.

How to protect yourself against Windows 10’s controversial new Wi-Fi Sense feature

There is absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. Yes, people are running into some problems after they update — here are some of the most common Windows 10 problems and solutions — and yes, there are some privacy concerns that you should absolutely pay attention to if you don’t want Windows 10 to spy on you. But for the most part it has been smooth sailing.

Well… sort of. More →

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Windows 10 Scam Email

Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online

By on July 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online

The Windows 10 rollout has been relatively smooth, but there are plenty of users who never received the Get Windows 10 app and are still waiting in line for their turn to update. Unfortunately, scammers have seen how desperate Windows users are for the update, which is why it should come as no surprise that a phishing campaign has been discovered. More →

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Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

By on July 31, 2015 at 4:16 PM.

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Last night, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi took to the Windows blog to announce that over 14 million devices were already running Windows 10. Making the OS free is proving to be a smart move for Microsoft, and millions more are sure to join the early adopters in the coming days and weeks, but plenty of users are understandably cautious about updating.

Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge without reading any instructional articles or investigating the issues I might face. Foolish? Quite possibly, but I wanted to know what it would be like to go in blind. I’d seen a few worrisome tweets, but for all I knew they were the outliers. I was going to find out for myself if Microsoft was ready for the influx of installations… More →

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