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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Windows 8.1 Update Windows 9 Details

Here are the latest details on Windows 9 and Microsoft’s other major Windows updates

By on June 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Here are the latest details on Windows 9 and Microsoft’s other major Windows updates

Anxious to get that full Start menu back? Well, you may have a while to wait for that but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other good Windows 8.1 updates coming in the near future. Neowin’s sources say that the next major update to Windows 8.1, which will likely be called Windows 8.1 Update 2, is likely coming in either August or September. This lines up with earlier reports we’ve read about the next major Windows update coming in late summer, although it seems that Microsoft has now scrapped its original plans to bring back the Start menu with the next release. More →

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Smartphone Wireless Charging Pants

These expensive pants will wirelessly charge your smartphone

By on June 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

These expensive pants will wirelessly charge your smartphone

With the increasing number of mobile devices that can be wirelessly charged, it’s no surprise that more companies are thinking about how they can incorporate this technology in their products. Starbucks has recently announced that all its stores across the U.S. will offer customers wireless charging areas, but what if that’s not enough? One fashion designer, working together with Microsoft, has come up with a pair of pants for men that will wirelessly charge phones, Business Insider reports. More →

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Xbox One Kinect Support

How new Xbox One games will be better without Kinect

By on June 18, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

How new Xbox One games will be better without Kinect

Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from the Xbox One has been controversial among Xbox fans who worry that Kinect will never reach its full potential if developers believe that Microsoft has lost confidence in it. As it turns out, some of their worries might be justified. More →

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Wii U vs. Xbox One Sales

Mario Kart 8 is breathing life into the Wii U

By on June 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Mario Kart 8 is breathing life into the Wii U

Maybe the Wii U isn’t doomed after all. Following the release of Mario Kart 8, the two most recent VGChartz weekly sales charts show that the Wii U sold more units than the Xbox One for the first time since Microsoft’s next-gen console launched last November. The latest NPD report confirmed that Mario Kart 8 had been the second best-selling game of the month, even with just two days on the market after releasing on May 30th, but the ensuing resurgence of hardware sales is an even more exciting trend for Nintendo. More →

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Microsoft Internet Explorer Bribery Scandal

Microsoft busted trying to pay bloggers to write nice things about Internet Explorer

By on June 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Microsoft busted trying to pay bloggers to write nice things about Internet Explorer

Microsoft has been making a lot of smart moves lately, but this is a blunder that brings back grim memories of the Clippy era. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has posted an email that he received from a Microsoft PR person asking if he’d want to take part in a new “sponsored post opportunity” regarding Internet Explorer. What it boils down to is that Microsoft told Arrington that they’d pay him to write nice things about their web browser. More →

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Xbox One July Update Details

Xbox One’s July update will be huge for Achievement hunters

By on June 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Xbox One’s July update will be huge for Achievement hunters

Microsoft had an incredible showing at E3 2014, packing its press conference from start to finish with an exciting lineup of games for the Xbox One, but that doesn’t mean the company is going to take any time off now that the show is over. Major Nelson took to the Xbox Wire late last week to share the first details of the July update for the Xbox One, an update which will expand upon the console’s unique Snap functionality and bring one of Facebook’s most popular actions to the Xbox One. More →

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Microsoft Android Patents

These are the secret patents Microsoft used to squeeze billions out of Android vendors

By on June 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

These are the secret patents Microsoft used to squeeze billions out of Android vendors

Microsoft’s return to the mobile space following the epic downfall of Windows Mobile has been slow going so far. In fact, the company’s Windows Phone operating system was first unveiled four years ago now, and Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone market still sits in the low single digits. But despite the company’s struggles to regain its footing in mobile, Microsoft continues to make billions from the smartphone and tablet markets. How? By using a list of patents it claims have been infringed by Android to pressure smartphone makers into licensing deals. And now, for the first time, that secret list is no longer a secret. More →

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Microsoft Cortana iOS Android

Microsoft might bring Cortana to iOS, Android in the future

By on June 13, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Microsoft might bring Cortana to iOS, Android in the future

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is one of the most impressive of its kind, outperforming its competition on an iPhone and a Moto X even in its early preview state. In fact, the early buzz surrounding Cortana has forced Microsoft to consider whether or not it would be worth bringing Cortana to more platforms in the future. More →

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