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  • Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM packs capable camera tech in budget body

    That’s right. The world has indeed gained yet another Microsoft Lumia smartphone, but it’s not a flagship. The Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM bolsters what is already a sardine-packed tinned can of devices from the company, with many boasting extremely similar specs. The Microsoft Lumia 540 does, however, pack some Lumia optical imaging goodness into a US$150 shell. The star of the show is that 8MP snapper on the phone’s rear, featuring an autofocus system and a dedicated LED flash. Around the front of the phone, there’s a 5MP camera too. Microsoft’s clearly positioning this device as a capable mid-range snapping...

  • Next Windows 10 build for phones to debut tomorrow

    For anyone mildly interested not running and Android or iOS device, Microsoft is planning to launch the next preview build of Windows 10 for phones tomorrow, Friday 9 April. In case anyone missed the announcement on Windows Weekly: We’re targeting Friday @ 10:00AM PST for next phone build. — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 8, 2015 That’s straight from the Windows Insider program head’s mouth, so expect a few more features compared to the previous February launch. While Microsoft has broadened the scope of phones supporting Windows 10, it seems strange that flagship devices, including the Nokia Lumia 930, and Lumia Icon won’t make...

  • Project Spartan first impressions: buggy but promising

    If you’re a Windows Insider and have updated to Windows 10 Build 10049 last week, you’d have noticed a new blue icon alongside the Task View button on the Task Bar. Well, that’s Microsoft‘s shiny new browser Project Spartan which Redmond is finally allowing the public to try. When it was first announced back in November 2014 by Microsoft execs, the company talked it up as being the quintessential browser for the modern age. With Internet Explorer now all-but-culled from Microsoft’s future plans, Project Spartan has a lot to live up to. So, as a Firefox user (who sometimes dabbles in...

  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM arrives in South Africa

    Microsoft South Africa has announced the availability of yet another budget Lumia device in the country, the Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM. The phone, as its name would suggest, allows two SIM cards to call the phone home, while the device itself remains orientated towards budget buyers. Internals include a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 5MP Lumia camera at the rear. There’s a VGA up front above the 4.0-inch 800×480 display and underneath it all there’s a 1560mAh battery keeping the lights on. Microsoft will also bundle the HERE Maps, Drive+ and...

  • Spartan arrives alongside new Windows 10 preview build

    As suggested in previous weeks, a new build of Windows 10 has appeared on the eve of the new month and it brings the long-awaited Spartan browser with it. Build 10049, the fourth technical preview build since November 2014, has been pushed to users in the “fast ring” rapid release cycle. It should come to slow ring customers in the coming days too. What’s interesting about the new build is Spartan’s new prominent position on the Windows task bar, which was previously reserved for Internet Explorer. As we’ve explained in previous articles, both Project Spartan and Internet Explorer will feature in Windows...

  • Microsoft’s Spartan and Internet Explorer to feature Edge, Trident respectively

    Microsoft has long been lauding its upcoming Project Spartan browser that will take over Internet Explorer’s crown as Windows’ flagship, but Internet Explorer, as we’ve noted before, isn’t exactly set to be shed from Windows 10 altogether. The company has now clarified its stance on the two browsers’ coexistence, which is a bit more confusing than simply having the option of choosing the browser you want to use and using it. Yes, Internet Explorer will be a part of Windows 10, that is pretty much confirmed, but there is one key difference between the legacy IE and the fledgeling Spartan. Read more:...

  • Windows 10 SDK now available for crafting universal apps

    Developers can now start building universal apps for Microsoft‘s Windows 10 operating system, as the company released the Windows 10 SDK. The SDK will allow developers to craft apps across the entire Windows 10 spectrum, from smartphones to tablets, computers and the Xbox platform. The first SDK will allow developers to scale apps to screen sizes and polish both touch and pointing device interactions. Windows 10 will effectively be the launchpad for all Windows and Microsoft branded devices going forward, with the OS spanning an incredibly wide range of usage cases and implementations. The SDK will allow developers to leverage this, and...

  • Microsoft Lumia 430 dual SIM brings Skype, Minecraft to the masses

    Microsoft is on the budget phone war path it seems, after launching a slew of low-cost smartphones in the recent weeks. Without a hint of a flagship in sight, another budget Lumia has emerged, this time dubbed the Microsoft Lumia 430 dual SIM. As the latter half of the moniker would suggest, the handset boasts slots for two SIMs should the user desire. What’s more, is that the Microsoft Lumia 430 is just US$70. No South African pricing information has been made available as yet, unfortunately. To gloss over the specs, the Microsoft Lumia 430 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC...

  • Microsoft might be killing Internet Explorer, but it’s far from dead

    Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer really should doff its cap and take a bow, because it has been one of the most influential pieces of code ever written even if it is the most maligned. With news that Microsoft will soon be killing the Internet Explorer brand after a long struggle with its waning brand image, we’re not quite sure if Internet Explorer will go out with a bang, or fade away like Microsoft’s other legacy headache — Windows XP. So, what does this announcement really mean for Internet Explorer? Well, for one, killing the brand doesn’t necessarily mean killing the product, and...

  • Patch Tuesday March 2015: Stuxnet and FREAK patched, two updates causing issues [update]

    Update (18 March): Microsoft has re-released the KB3002657, but only for Windows Server 2003. The company advises that even if the patch didn’t cause issues, it is advised that version two of the patch be installed over it. Here’s an excerpt from the updated security bulletin: To avoid the possibility of future detection logic problems, Microsoft recommends that customers running Windows Server 2003 who have already successfully installed the 3002657 update also apply update 3002657-v2 even though they are already protected from this vulnerability. Customers running other Microsoft operating systems are not affected by this rerelease and do not need to...

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