Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition Preorder

Microsoft reveals the first HoloLens apps and games as preorders officially open

By on February 29, 2016 at 10:01 AM.

Microsoft reveals the first HoloLens apps and games as preorders officially open

Microsoft announced on Monday that HoloLens Development Edition preorders will kick off today for $3,000. It’s been over a year since the company unveiled its mixed reality device, but this is the first time that developers will be able to get their hands on a device in order to begin building software. More →

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Windows 10 Ads Lock Screen Disable

How to get rid of Microsoft’s Windows 10 lock screen advertisements

By on February 25, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

How to get rid of Microsoft’s Windows 10 lock screen advertisements

In case you needed more proof that nothing is really ever free, check your Windows 10 computer. It might be showing you advertisements that you didn’t ask for right on the desktop. That’s certainly not the kind of feature you’d expect from Microsoft’s latest and best operating software.

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HoloLens Windows 10 AR Interface

What it’s like using Windows 10 through the eyes of HoloLens

By on February 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

What it’s like using Windows 10 through the eyes of HoloLens

Virtual and augmented reality won’t be used solely for entertainment purposes, though immersive VR movies and games will definitely be exciting developments.  A new Microsoft tutorial video, first seen by WinBeta, shows us how apparently easy it is to flick open a Windows 10 overlay on top of a wall and interact with its user interface. A combination of head turns and finger gestures will get you to your desired destination with relative ease – or at least, that’s what the video is suggesting. More →

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Best iPhone Apps

All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

By on February 12, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

About a year ago, I penned an article about how happy I was that Google was taking over my iPhone. The premise was simple: Android is no match for the iPhone in most key areas — read my earlier article titled “8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android” for more on that — but Google’s mobile software and services are almost always far superior to Apple’s.

Three of the most popular Apple bloggers in the world recently began talking about Apple’s serious app and service problems, and it shoved this ongoing issue back into the spotlight. It also made me stop for a moment think about how I use my iPhone, which led to an interesting revelation that’s dripping with irony: All of the best apps on my iPhone are made by Apple’s two biggest software rivals. More →

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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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