Microsoft Surface Mini Release Date

New report explains why Microsoft ditched plans to launch the Surface Mini

By on June 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

New report explains why Microsoft ditched plans to launch the Surface Mini

Microsoft’s line of Surface brand tablets have easily been among the most sleek and well-made Windows devices the world has ever seen. What they haven’t been, however, is a hit with consumers or enterprise users. Microsoft continues to improve its Surface lineup each year, having most recently launched the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet that features what quite possibly the most impressive laptop/tablet hybrid design we have ever seen. The devices are still a tough and expensive sell in a market driven by price, however, and they don’t offer much in the way of truly useful differentiation.

Apparently, Microsoft’s much-rumored Surface Mini tablet didn’t offer much differentiation either, and a new report claims Microsoft cancelled plans to build the smaller tablet at the last minute. More →

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Xbox Games With Gold July

Here are all the free Xbox 360 and Xbox One games Live Gold users get in July

By on June 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Here are all the free Xbox 360 and Xbox One games Live Gold users get in July

Microsoft finally caught up with Sony this month as the Games with Gold program expanded to the Xbox One, bringing two free downloadable games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers who have moved on to the new generation. As the month comes to a close, Microsoft is preparing a new batch of games for Xbox One and Xbox 360, but Xbox One owners are getting the short end of the stick this time around. More →

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GameStop Xbox One Discounts

Huge discounts on Xbox One games and accessories coming this weekend at GameStop

By on June 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Huge discounts on Xbox One games and accessories coming this weekend at GameStop

If you’ve been holding out for the right time to pick up a new Xbox One now that Kinect is out of the picture, this weekend might be your best bet. GameStop sent out a press release earlier this week detailing an Xbox One event “you won’t want to miss,” featuring sales, trade-in offers and more. Not only will you receive 50% bonus credit on any console you trade in towards the purchase of a new Xbox One, you’ll also have the opportunity to buy an extra Xbox One controller for $10 off and a 12 or 24-month Xbox Live Gold Membership for $20 off. More →

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Xbox One Games 2014

The 36 biggest games coming to the Xbox One this holiday season

By on June 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

The 36 biggest games coming to the Xbox One this holiday season

Xbox One owners have a lot left to look forward to in 2014. As was showcased at Microsoft’s press conference during E3, the Xbox One has a substantial lineup of games coming throughout the rest of the year, from blockbusters like Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection to potential indie hits Ori and the Blind Forest and Project Spark. The team has taken to the Xbox Wire to discuss the huge lineup. More →

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Differences Between Mac And PC

Mac vs. PC: Here are the real differences

By on June 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

Mac vs. PC: Here are the real differences

The burning rivalry between Mac and PC is one of the most storied rivalries in the history of technology — ruining friendships, bringing down corporations and inspiring some very creative commercials — but do we truly understand the fundamental difference between a Windows PC and a Macintosh? I’m sure many of you do, but for those who don’t have a grasp of the finer details, Computerphile has put together a short video primer explaining how Macs and PCs differ. More →

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Microsoft Illegal Data Collection

Microsoft has become completely fed up with the U.S. government’s surveillance programs

By on June 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Microsoft has become completely fed up with the U.S. government’s surveillance programs

Microsoft has been one of many technology companies standing up to the U.S. government in response to unwarranted, rampant data collection. CNET reports that Microsoft’s top lawyer, Brad Smith, spoke on Tuesday morning at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. to reiterate his stance that the unchecked data collection should be put to an end. More →

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Nokia X2 Release Date, Price and Specs

Microsoft unveils its first Android phone

By on June 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Microsoft unveils its first Android phone

Just as recently teased, Microsoft and Nokia on Tuesday unveiled a new Android handset, the budget-friendly dual SIM Nokia X2. The handset, which will sell off-contract for just $99, or around $135, is not a flagship device by this year’s standards, and still ships with a custom Google-less Android OS version on board. More →

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Microsoft OneDrive 15GB Free Storage

Microsoft’s OneDrive is now one of the best cloud storage bargains

By on June 23, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Microsoft’s OneDrive is now one of the best cloud storage bargains

As cloud storage services become increasingly competitive, users will reap the benefits. Microsoft announced on Monday that OneDrive’s free storage will be growing from 7GB to 15GB for individuals. This puts OneDrive on par with Google Drive in terms of free storage capacity. Even better, Office 365 subscribers will receive a far more substantial upgrade from Microsoft, boosting their storage from 20GB to 1TB. This comes shortly after business customers were bumped up to 1TB of storage in April. If you need more space for your files but don’t want to subscribe to Office 365, monthly storage prices have gone down to $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49), and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). Current subscribers will automatically be moved to the new prices once the updates take effect in the next month.

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Microsoft MacBook Air Surface Pro 3 Trade In

Microsoft will give you up to $650 to trade your MacBook Air in for a Surface Pro 3

By on June 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft will give you up to $650 to trade your MacBook Air in for a Surface Pro 3

Microsoft is very, very confident that the Surface Pro 3 really can replace your laptop. In fact, it’s so confident that it’s willing to lay some significant money down to get you to swap in your MacBook Air for a Surface Pro 3 between now and July 31st. ZDNet reports that you can get an in-store credit worth up to $650 toward buying a Surface Pro 3 if you trade in a working MacBook Air model that doesn’t have any water damage or a cracked display. More →

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Microsoft Lumia Camera Update

The world’s best smartphone cameras just got even better

By on June 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

The world’s best smartphone cameras just got even better

If there’s one thing that Nokia’s high-end Lumia smartphones do better than any other phones in the world, it’s taking beautiful pictures. The Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel camera won wide acclaim as the best smartphone camera in the world and other Lumias also have all-around excellent picture-taking capabilities. Now Windows Phone Central brings us word that Microsoft has taken a step toward making Lumia cameras better than ever with a new update that adds several features that photography fans should just love. More →

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Windows 9 Price and Release Date

Windows 9 might come as a free download, but only to certain users

By on June 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Windows 9 might come as a free download, but only to certain users

Microsoft will release a second major Windows 8.1 update this year – Windows 8.1 Update 2 – which will be available free of charge to Windows 8.1 Update 1 users, hacker group WZOR has revealed. The group also says that Microsoft will sell Windows 8.1 Update 2 for an affordable price to Windows users who are running earlier Windows versions on their machines and want to upgrade to the latest OS version. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Android Phone Release Date

Nokia’s next Android phone looks set to arrive on June 24th

By on June 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Nokia’s next Android phone looks set to arrive on June 24th

Microsoft is set to launch the next generation of its Nokia X line of phones, at least according to two teaser images posted by Nokia. A new post on the Nokia Conversations blog suggests a new Nokia X phone could come as soon as next Tuesday. An image with an X and the date June 24th is on the site and can be seen below. The site also features a countdown clock that is counting down to June 24th. The same teaser image and countdown clock can be seen on a Chinese version of the Nokia site as well. More →

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Surface Mini Windows 8.1 Tablet

Microsoft accidentally confirmed the Surface Mini

By on June 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

Microsoft accidentally confirmed the Surface Mini

Many reports detailed the imminent launch of the Surface Mini in the weeks preceding the Surface Pro 3 debut, until just before the event, when news broke that the Surface Mini wouldn’t be making an appearance at the company’s tablet event. The product still appears to be in the cards for a future launch though, and Microsoft has mistakenly confirmed its existence in the most surprising way. More →

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