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Rare Replay Review

Rare Replay review: The future of old school gaming

By about 6 hours ago.

Rare Replay review: The future of old school gaming

When I was young, I didn’t pay attention to the names of the developers on the boxes of my favorite games. I just loved playing good games. It would be years before I took an interest in the industry as a whole, but looking back, nearly every game I played in my formative years had the same name on the box: Rare. More →

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Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Windows 10

This new $170 laptop might be the cheapest way to get your Windows 10 fix

By about 8 hours ago.

This new $170 laptop might be the cheapest way to get your Windows 10 fix

Not all the press surrounding Windows 10 has been positive, especially in regards to Microsoft’s tendency to watch everything you’re doing on your new operating system, but the software itself is an accomplishment.

I said as much in my first impressions piece, but if you haven’t had an opportunity to try out Windows 10 yet and you’re just dying to get your hands on it, Acer has a low-cost solution you might want to check out. More →

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Xbox One vs PS4 Gamescom 2015

3 huge ways the Xbox One just showed up the PS4

By about 11 hours ago.

3 huge ways the Xbox One just showed up the PS4

When Microsoft announced backward compatibility for the Xbox One at E3 2015, I began to see the first signs of the tide shifting in Microsoft’s favor. After flubbing the reveal of its new-gen console, Microsoft has been doing everything in its power to restore the faith of its fans, from bringing in Phil Spencer as Xbox head to launching an endless stream of affordable bundles.

Still, the sales haven’t quite caught up with the PlayStation 4, but when Sony decided to skip Gamescom 2015, Microsoft knew it had a golden opportunity to gain some ground.

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Crackdown 3 Quantum Break Scalebound Trailers

Microsoft just released trailers for 3 awesome Xbox One exclusives – watch them right here

By on August 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM.

Microsoft just released trailers for 3 awesome Xbox One exclusives – watch them right here

Microsoft kicked off Gamescom 2015 with a bang as it debuted trailer after trailer for its 2016 Xbox One lineup. As expected, Quantum Break, Crackdown 3 and Scalebound were all present at the briefing on Tuesday morning, complete with new trailers and never-before-seen gameplay footage. More →

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Xbox Gamescom 2015 Live Stream

Watch the Xbox Gamescom 2015 press conference live stream right here at 10AM ET

By on August 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM.

Watch the Xbox Gamescom 2015 press conference live stream right here at 10AM ET

Despite the enormous size and scale of E3, video game companies simply can’t fit everything into a single show. That’s why it’s always worth paying attention when Cologne, Germany hosts Gamescom — Europe’s largest gaming trade fair.

It’s basically a second E3, and on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET, Microsoft will kick off the show with a live streamed briefing showcasing games we saw earlier this summer and debuting new games for the very first time. More →

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Windows Phone Failure

Microsoft engineer exposes the inside story: Why Windows Phone was doomed from the start

By on August 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM.

Microsoft engineer exposes the inside story: Why Windows Phone was doomed from the start

It’s almost tragic how Microsoft, with a multi-year head start in the mobile phone market, was completely blindsided by the iPhone. Indeed, it’s somewhat easy to forget that Microsoft, going as far back as 2000, was already putting incarnations of Windows Mobile on PDAs and smartphones.

Even more mind-boggling is that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, even after Apple showed the world where the smartphone market was headed, naively laughed off the notion that the iPhone might pose a strategic threat.

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Windows 10 Security

How to protect yourself against Windows 10’s controversial new Wi-Fi Sense feature

By on August 3, 2015 at 12:46 PM.

How to protect yourself against Windows 10’s controversial new Wi-Fi Sense feature

There is absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. Yes, people are running into some problems after they update — here are some of the most common Windows 10 problems and solutions — and yes, there are some privacy concerns that you should absolutely pay attention to if you don’t want Windows 10 to spy on you. But for the most part it has been smooth sailing.

Well… sort of. More →

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Windows 10 Scam Email

Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online

By on July 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online

The Windows 10 rollout has been relatively smooth, but there are plenty of users who never received the Get Windows 10 app and are still waiting in line for their turn to update. Unfortunately, scammers have seen how desperate Windows users are for the update, which is why it should come as no surprise that a phishing campaign has been discovered. More →

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Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

By on July 31, 2015 at 4:16 PM.

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Last night, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi took to the Windows blog to announce that over 14 million devices were already running Windows 10. Making the OS free is proving to be a smart move for Microsoft, and millions more are sure to join the early adopters in the coming days and weeks, but plenty of users are understandably cautious about updating.

Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge without reading any instructional articles or investigating the issues I might face. Foolish? Quite possibly, but I wanted to know what it would be like to go in blind. I’d seen a few worrisome tweets, but for all I knew they were the outliers. I was going to find out for myself if Microsoft was ready for the influx of installations… More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade Download Install Tips Tricks

The ultimate Windows 10 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know

By on July 31, 2015 at 2:12 PM.

The ultimate Windows 10 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know

More than 14 million people have already upgraded to Windows 10, but you might not be one of them. You’re probably scared that things will go wrong, that your data might be lost, or that Microsoft will soon have you searching for drivers. Don’t worry — that last one won’t happen.

The entire process is much simpler than you think, and below you’ll find everything you need to know before and after the install. More →

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Windows 10 Review

Windows 10 review: The first 24 hours

By on July 31, 2015 at 1:15 PM.

Windows 10 review: The first 24 hours

When I first upgraded to Windows 7 back in 2009, I was shocked. Microsoft had somehow recovered from the mediocrity of Windows Vista and built an operating system that felt like the natural progression from Windows XP. It was clean, it ran better and most importantly, it didn’t try to fix what wasn’t broken.

Then Windows 8 happened.

I was smart/fortunate enough to avoid Windows 8 altogether, but as a fan of new technology, I couldn’t help but feel a little left out. I wanted the latest and greatest, and now, nearly three years later, it has arrived in the form of Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense Password Sharing Facebook

Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password with all your friends – stop it using this guide

By on July 31, 2015 at 12:25 PM.

Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password with all your friends – stop it using this guide

Windows 10 is the much-needed upgrade that PC users have been waiting for ever since Microsoft promised it would fix its numerous blunders in Windows 8. But that doesn’t mean Windows 10 is perfect. In fact, there are plenty of issues that need correcting, and a Day One patch might fix some of them. On top of that, there are certain privacy issues you need to be aware of, and the fact that Windows 10 is spying on you by default.

On top of that, Windows 10 will also share your Wi-Fi passwords with others by default, but that can also be fixed relatively easily. More →

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Windows 10 Update

Windows 10: How to remove all the tiles from your Start Menu and pretend Windows 8 never existed

By on July 31, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Windows 10: How to remove all the tiles from your Start Menu and pretend Windows 8 never existed

Windows 10 has done a fantastic job thus far of replacing the sour taste left in our mouths from Windows 8 with the sweet, sweet taste of software that’s actually intuitive and user-friendly. No longer is Microsoft attempting to cram a tablet interface down our throats on desktop and laptop computers, and that simple fact alone is likely enough to make most users happy with Windows 10. Of course, Microsoft didn’t stop there — here are some of the best new features you’ll find in Windows 10.

Of course, there are still some remnants of Windows 8 floating around in Microsoft’s new operating system, and in this post we’ll show you how to get rid of the biggest ones. More →

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