Halo 5 Forge Mode PC

Please, Microsoft, bring ‘Halo 5’ to PC

By on May 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Please, Microsoft, bring ‘Halo 5’ to PC

Exciting news, PC gamers: 343 Industries is bringing the Forge editing tool from Halo 5: Guardians to Windows 10. This is big news not just because Forge is a great tool — it’s what it hints at for Halo 5 and PCs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Forge, it’s a tool that allows players to create new maps and unique game types for Halo, originally introduced in Halo 3. It came to Halo 5 in the form of an update late last year, and now the developer is porting it to PC as a standalone experience, completely free to download.

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Nokia Android Smartphones Tablets

Nokia is back, and this time it’s making the Android phones we’ve always wanted

By on May 18, 2016 at 7:47 AM.

Nokia is back, and this time it’s making the Android phones we’ve always wanted

It took eons, but Nokia is finally making the Android phones we always hoped it would make. To get here, Nokia had to lose its grip on the mobile business, choose Windows Mobile as its only smartphone OS, and then sell its entire mobile division to Microsoft. But the American software giant was unable to make anything good come out of its Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone brands, turning the acquisition into a failure of epic proportions.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to Foxconn. And Nokia is licensing its name, which it’s buying back from Microsoft, to a company that will work with the same Foxconn subsidiary to make feature phones, Android smartphones and Android tablets in the near future.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Problem

Don’t blink, or your PC might upgrade itself to Windows 10

By on May 17, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Don’t blink, or your PC might upgrade itself to Windows 10

Microsoft is keen for you to upgrade to Windows 10. So keen, in fact, that it will give it away for free. And hey, Microsoft reckons you shouldn’t even have to go to the trouble of scheduling an update yourself — it can do that for you.

What’s that? You like Windows 7 better? Well, don’t leave your PC unattended for too long.

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Windows 10 Start Menu

Advertising and bloatware are about to invade your Start Menu in Windows 10

By on May 16, 2016 at 10:29 AM.

Advertising and bloatware are about to invade your Start Menu in Windows 10

Microsoft has done a tremendous job with Windows 10 in so many ways, which is even more impressive when you consider that the company’s prior release was nothing short of a disaster. Microsoft knew it had fallen behind in mobile, so it tried to make Windows 8 as tablet-friendly as it could. What the company seemingly forgot, however, was that most people use Windows on a laptop or desktop, and a tablet interface in those environments provides a horrible user experience.

Windows 10 succeeded in erasing Windows 8 from users’ minds almost entirely, and the public conversation surrounding Microsoft’s latest release has been overwhelmingly positive (aside from when the world learned that Windows 10 was spying on users, that is). Nothing is perfect, and now a new change Microsoft is about to make will undoubtedly upset many Windows 10 users. More →

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Windows 10 Wifi Sense

Windows 10 will finally stop sharing Wi-Fi passwords after public backlash

By on May 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Windows 10 will finally stop sharing Wi-Fi passwords after public backlash

When Windows 10 first launched, one of its most controversial features was Wi-Fi Sense. If ticked, a couple harmless-looking boxes shared internet access to your Facebook, Skype and Outlook friends by default.

The setting (and its enabled-by-default nature) caused some people to get a little angry, although Microsoft defended Wi-Fi Sense as a useful feature. A year later, and it looks like Microsoft is changing its tune.

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Adobe Flash Windows Zero-Day Fix

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

By on May 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

Flash zero-day vulnerabilities are a dime a dozen these days, so you won’t be surprised to learn there’s another one  in the wild. Microsoft and Adobe have independently found two distinct zero-day vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer and Flash, respectively, which means it’s time to update Windows and Flash. Apparently, exploits exist for both that allow for remote code execution. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Hover Gestures

Years too late, Microsoft has made a killer Windows Phone feature

By on May 6, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Years too late, Microsoft has made a killer Windows Phone feature

Hey, remember Windows Phone? You probably don’t and for a long time it seems like Microsoft hasn’t remembered it either. Behind the scenes, however, it looks like Microsoft has been working on new features for its mobile operating system and at least one of them is really cool. Per The Verge, Microsoft recently took the wraps off a new feature that it describes as “pre-touch sensing for mobile interaction.” Essentially, this feature can detect when your fingers are near the devices display and will automatically put up menu options for you to use. More →

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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer

PSA: Upgrade to Windows 10 now for free, or pay $119 to upgrade after July 29th

By on May 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM.

PSA: Upgrade to Windows 10 now for free, or pay $119 to upgrade after July 29th

If you’ve been waiting until the last possible moment to decide whether or not you want to upgrade to Windows 10, that last possible moment is suddenly right around the corner. Microsoft reminded Windows users in a blog post today that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 30th, at which point the price for a full version of Windows 10 Home will jump to $119. More →

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Mail.ru, Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Email Heist

Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo and more

By on May 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM.

Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo and more

A new report shows that hackers from Russia have obtained login credentials for more than 272.3 million email accounts, which are now available for sale in Russia’s criminal underworld, a Most of them are Mail.ru accounts, though the list also includes smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft email users. More →

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Xbox E3 2016 Schedule

Xbox E3 2016 plans have been revealed – here’s everything you need to know

By on May 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Xbox E3 2016 plans have been revealed – here’s everything you need to know

We’re still well over a month away from E3 2016, but Microsoft decided to announce its plans for the show even earlier this year. Neither Sony nor Nintendo have confirmed anything for E3 yet, but on Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that its Xbox E3 2016 Briefing would once again take place on Monday, June 13th at 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Windows Vs iOS Vs Android

Longtime Microsoft blogger: Windows is facing a ‘potential extinction moment’

By on May 3, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Longtime Microsoft blogger: Windows is facing a ‘potential extinction moment’

Windows 10 has been a welcome hit for Microsoft, especially after the massive debacle that was Windows 8. Despite this, it’s an open question of whether Microsoft is set up over the long haul to do well as a platform provider. Longtime Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott writes that iOS and Android have been improving to such an extent as computing platforms that Windows may be a dead platform walking. More →

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Xbox One New Hardware E3 2016

New report sheds light on Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One hardware updates

By on April 28, 2016 at 10:01 PM.

New report sheds light on Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One hardware updates

Following countless rumors of an upgraded Xbox One console set to be introduced later this year, a new report from Thurrott is the latest to lend credence to the idea. According to the report, inside sources say that Microsoft will bring both a new Xbox One console and a new standard controller to E3 2016 in June.

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Microsoft Twist DNA Storage

Microsoft’s futuristic storage solution can hold 1,000,000,000 TB

By on April 28, 2016 at 2:01 PM.

Microsoft’s futuristic storage solution can hold 1,000,000,000 TB

Bickering about the paltry amount of storage on the cheapest new iPhone might become a thing of the past… at some point in the distant future. Microsoft is currently experimenting with DNA material for the purpose of holding massive amounts of data. How massive? Try a billion terabytes, or a zettabyte. The best part about it is that the whole DNA storage receptacle would weigh just 1 gram. More →

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