Stop Windows 10 Upgrade Messages

How to stop Microsoft’s relentless Windows 10 upgrade ads from spamming your PC

By on October 26, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

How to stop Microsoft’s relentless Windows 10 upgrade ads from spamming your PC

We get it, Microsoft, you’re dying to see as many users jump to Windows 10 as possible this year. That’s probably why you’re so insistent with reminders and full-screen pop-ups on computers eligible for the free update, and that’s why you’ve even upgraded some of these computers to Windows 10 without the user’s consent – though the latter tactic has been deemed to be an error that was patched.

But not all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users want to make the jump to Windows 10 yet, and all the spammy messages have to stop. Luckily, there’s a way to prevent Microsoft’s popups from annoying you with free Windows 10 upgrade reminders. More →

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Review
Halo 5: Guardians Review

Halo 5: Guardians review: Combat re-evolved

By on October 26, 2015 at 3:01 AM.

Halo 5: Guardians review: Combat re-evolved

There has never been more pressure on an entry in the Halo series than there is on Halo 5: Guardians. Of course, that won’t factor directly into the review, but the story around the game is nearly as important as the story within the game — Microsoft is looking to catch up with Sony, and Halo 5 is going to be the key to upping Xbox One sales this holiday season.

The reason this context is important is because, in many ways, Halo 5 is the biggest game the series has ever seen. But not always in the ways you’d expect. More →

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Steve Ballmer Apple

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft investing in Apple ‘might have been the craziest thing we ever did’

By on October 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM.

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft investing in Apple ‘might have been the craziest thing we ever did’

Recently, former Microsoft CEO and current Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer appeared on Bloomberg TV where the former executive briefly touched on Microsoft’s monumental 1997 investment in Apple.

At the time, Microsoft’s deal with Apple not only helped rescue the company from the brink of bankruptcy, it gave Apple a much-needed lifeline, affording the company room and time to innovate. And as we all know, the deal ultimately helped set Apple up for the most astounding tech resurgence in history.

As part of the deal, Microsoft agreed to invest $150 million in Apple for shares of non-voting stock. Additionally, the two companies signed off on a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. And to top it all off, Microsoft promised to provide continued support for Microsoft Office for the Mac for a period of 5 years while Apple promised to make Internet Explorer the default web browser on the Mac for the same period of time.

So when asked about Apple during an interview segment on Bloomberg TV, Ballmer said that helping out Apple back in 1997 might very well have been the craziest thing Microsoft ever did.

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Surface Book Price Cut

The Surface Book you actually want is now even cheaper

By on October 23, 2015 at 2:52 PM.

The Surface Book you actually want is now even cheaper

Remember when Microsoft said on stage that the Surface Book is twice as fast as the MacBook Pro and suggested the entry-level price will get you that crazy performance? It turned out that the Surface Book capable of outperforming Apple’s MacBook Pro was $300 more expensive than the Surface Book’s $1,499 base price, because you need a discrete graphics card to take on Apple’s professional-grade notebook PC.

In fact, the high price of the Surface Book might be the worst thing about this new Windows 10 laptop/tablet hybrid, but Microsoft is already taking steps to making it more affordable. More →

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Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Video

Watch us play Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer live on Xbox One at 7:30 p.m. ET

By on October 22, 2015 at 7:25 PM.

Watch us play Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer live on Xbox One at 7:30 p.m. ET

The day one patch for Halo 5: Guardians hit the Xbox One today at 12:00 pm ET, and in celebration, I’m going to live stream a few matches of Arena (and Warzone, if I can find enough people on the servers to play with). More →

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Surface Book Design Review

The tiny Surface Book design secrets Microsoft didn’t talk about

By on October 22, 2015 at 2:36 PM.

The tiny Surface Book design secrets Microsoft didn’t talk about

The Surface Book laptop was probably Microsoft’s most interesting announcement from its Windows 10 event. It’s a device that’s been highly praised in reviews, though people don’t like what Microsoft has done with the price. While many reviews go into the overall experience with the device, both in laptop and tablet modes, there’s one hands-on experience with the Surface Book that you shouldn’t miss, because it explains several of the Surface Book’s design secrets. More →

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Windows 10 Fall Update Features

Major Windows 10 Fall Update scheduled for early November

By on October 22, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Major Windows 10 Fall Update scheduled for early November

Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on a major Windows 10 update that’s supposed to be released at some point in the first week of November. Known as Threshold 2, or Windows 10 Fall Update, Microsoft’s next software release is tipped to include a variety of features and fixes that were supposed to be included in the final release but never made it. More →

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Surface Book Vs MacBook Pro

Microsoft’s Surface Book takes a page out of Apple’s playbook

By on October 19, 2015 at 3:14 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface Book takes a page out of Apple’s playbook

Microsoft earlier this month shocked the tech world when it introduced the Surface Book, a rather intriguing and compelling hybrid laptop. Though the device represents the first laptop ever developed by Microsoft, the company left nothing to chance and came out of the gate firing. The Surface Book impresses from all angles; in addition to formidable specs, the device features a stunning 13.5-inch display that can be detached and used separately as a tablet.

Of course, with Microsoft now selling its own laptop, one has to wonder if traditional PC manufacturers are worried that they now have to compete against a company that also doubles as their partner.

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Halo 5 Campaign Gameplay Videos

Halo 5 gameplay videos: Watch us play through the first 3 campaign missions

By on October 19, 2015 at 2:48 PM.

Halo 5 gameplay videos: Watch us play through the first 3 campaign missions

The biggest console exclusive of the holiday season is almost here. Next week, Halo 5: Guardians will launch on the Xbox One, but I had a chance to play through and record the first three mission early.

If you want a completely fresh Halo 5 experience when you get the game, you might want to skip these videos. If you don’t care so much about story spoilers, enjoy some early footage of one of the biggest releases of 2015.

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MacBook Pro Surface Book Price

Why is it so hard for Microsoft’s Surface Book to compete with Apple?

By on October 19, 2015 at 12:34 PM.

Why is it so hard for Microsoft’s Surface Book to compete with Apple?

When thinking about Apple computers, many buyers worry about the expensive price tags. Whether it’s the new 12-inch Retina MacBook or a MacBook Pro, Apple sets prices that aren’t necessarily within reach for many users. However, over the years, Apple has not increased prices for some of them and even slashed entry costs for other models. While that might not be apparent from year to year, it’s more than clear when comparing MacBooks to their biggest rival yet, Microsoft’s Surface Book, which makes the MacBook Pro look cheaper than ever. More →

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Windows 10 Continuum iPhone 6s Nexus 5X

New ad shows a killer Windows 10 phone feature the iPhone 6s and Nexus 5X don’t have

By on October 19, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

New ad shows a killer Windows 10 phone feature the iPhone 6s and Nexus 5X don’t have

Microsoft unveiled a bunch of new Windows 10 products a few weeks ago, including new 2-in-1 Surface-branded laptops/tablets and high-end smartphones, the Lumia 950 series. Packing top-of-the-line hardware, the new smartphones are available in two flavors that are identical in every aspect aside from screen size, and come with a unique feature that other flagships from the competition don’t have. More →

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Opinions
PC Does What Microsoft Commercials

Microsoft does what?

By on October 17, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft does what?

Back in the day when Apple was trying to reaffirm itself in the computer business and convince buyers that Macs were better than PCs, the company came up with a slew of Mac vs. PC ads that were just hilarious. But times have changed, Apple dropped the campaign, and the current computer business looks nothing like the one from last decade. Smartphones are dominant in this “post-PC” era, and laptop and desktop makers are struggling against a marked demand decrease – interestingly, the Mac is now doing a lot better than PCs in terms of profitability.

So Microsoft does whaaaaat? More →

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Microsoft TeslaCrypt Ransomware Fix Tool

Microsoft is ready to save your PC from huge ransomware infection

By on October 16, 2015 at 7:05 PM.

Microsoft is ready to save your PC from huge ransomware infection

TeslaCrypt doesn’t mean anything to many PC users, but there are thousands of people who have somehow contracted this infectious malware program that imprisons personal files on a computer until a monetary reward is paid. There already are tools that can deal with certain versions of this dangerous ransomware program, but Microsoft decided to step in, creating its own rescue tool. More →

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