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  • Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana is coming to your iPhone, Android

    Microsoft is on a mission to create the most device-friendly operating system to date. Native Windows 10 apps like Cortana, the Phone Companion App, and Xbox Music are all going to be available to download on iPhones and Android devices. In competition with Apple's Siri and Android's Google Now, Cortana is a digital assistant that helps you set reminders, do search queries, check flights or weather information on your smartphone. In a blog post announcement, Microsoft explains that all changes made in Cortana’s notebook will be reflected across all your devices. These changes include tasks like taking photos, creating playlists, and so...

  • Xbox Live revived after outage, Xbox 360 social features still affected

    Microsoft's having a pretty bad start to the week it seems. Xbox Live dropped off the map earlier today for reasons yet unknown. The company has since repitched the core services for Xbox Live users, but social services, Slacker Radio and Xbox Fitness remain limited. Social services will affect those looking for multiplayer action, but it is currently only affecting Xbox 360 and not Xbox One users. Microsoft notes: Hey Xbox members, are you having issues with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare crashing during multiplayer following the latest title update? Additionally, are you having trouble sharing to Facebook? We’re working with...

  • Patch Tuesday May 2015: Internet Explorer is this month’s problem child [update]

    Update (16 May): It seems that the relatively uneventful May Patch Tuesday updates have sprung a last minute surprise, mainly courtesy of KB3046002, which causes 64-bit Windows 7 machines to hang after installation. Typical. Although it might seem like a massive issue, the update itself addresses a Microsoft Journal issue. But there is a fix. WindowsITPro suggests cutting power to the PC in question mid-install, which should get the cranks moving again. As it turns out, it seems that the update just doesn't call home to Microsoft to tell it that it has installed properly, hence the hang. There hasn't been any...

  • Xbox One trumps PlayStation 4 in US sales race for April

    Here's an incredible little turn up for the books in the lead-up to E3 2015, especially if you're on the greener side of the fence (pun intended in this case). Microsoft's straggler, the Xbox One, has finally outsold its PlayStation 4 competition in the United States in the month of April, which ends a long streak for Sony and its gaming machine. As the NPD report would have it, it wasn't because the Xbox One reinvented itself -- it's primarily thanks to Mortal Kombat X, which led software sales. There was an absence of exclusive title launches during this time too,...

  • ‘Candy Crush Saga’ is coming to Windows 10 devices, automatically

    Stories and news regarding Windows 10 has been nothing but positive so far, but Microsoft has finally hit its first obstacle with the internet and prospective Windows 10 adopters. News has surfaced that Redmond has signed a deal with software manufacturer King, which means Candy Crush Saga, one of the world's most popular games, will be automatically installed to those who upgrade to Windows 10 during the launch period. Microsoft's also promising more "popular and awesome King game titles" in the future. So buckle up for the ride, kids. It seems that Microsoft has sold its soul to the mobile...

  • Nokia Lumia 830 tours New York with Denim Lumia Camera app [Gallery]

    We always tend to marvel at some of the new camera hardware that leaves manufacturers' testing tables. The likes of Sony might be the industry leader at the moment, but Nokia (and now Microsoft by proxy) is also known for making a spiffy camera or two. The Nokia Lumia 830, launched back in 2014, boasted a 10MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilization (OIS) and an LED flash, but the phone recently acquired the new Lumia Denim update, and with it, the Lumia Camera app. Read more: Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update gives snappers 4K video recording Features like Rich...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s Windows OS swansong, reports suggest

    If reports and Microsoft's new service-over-product mindset is to be believed, then Windows 10 will be the company's final iteration of Windows and possibly it's final operating system release. That's right. The OS that practically spanned many of our waking lives will adopt an OS X- or web browser-like update cycle, with Microsoft tweaking bits and bobs instead of overhauling it every five years. Think of it as the final underlying iteration of the OS, which will likely change its hair or summer dress every season. As noted in The Telegraph this week, Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon practically confirmed this...

  • Microsoft Build 2015: HoloLens, Windows 10, Microsoft Edge and more

    Build is almost always Microsoft's most important event of the year, not only for developers but consumers too and in an operating system launch year, its especially important as the company woos the public, showing off new features and upcoming technologies based on Windows 10 and other wares, like HoloLens. The only problem? It's extremely hard for consumers to slice the news into legible chunks (hell, even we have a hard time), especially since making heads and tails of it all is pretty important. Now that San Francisco has chased the remaining Microsoft employees back to Redmond, it's time to round...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 will embrace reworked Android, iOS apps

    Prior to the announcement made at BUILD, long term Windows watcher Paul Thurrott suggested that Windows 10 could be coerced into running the likes of Android apps on its platform. This has now been confirmed at BUILD, but in addition, Microsoft has also announced that iOS apps will also run on the OS. It's a notion that's in stark contrast to previous Microsoft operating systems, but Nadella's new Windows will let its competitors play on its proving grounds. It's transforming into a developer-friendly platform. We've seen the company experimenting with Windows 10 running on Android devices from Xiaomi a few weeks...

  • PS4, Xbox One price to drop in South Africa come Workers’ Day weekend

    Ster-Kinekor, for the first three days of May at least, will be lowering the recommended retail price (RRP) of the Sony PS4 gaming console by around R700. "For a limited period of 72 hours, take advantage of this deal and grab the most powerful gaming system from your local participating retailer between the 1st and 3rd May 2015," noted the country's PS4 importer. Retailers are jumping at the chance to rack up a few more console sales too, with BT Games, Makro, DionWired, Game, CNA, Incredible Connection and Takealot (to name a few) all joining in on the price reduction. We're not too...