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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Gearburn on Hashtag Radio episode #2: mid-range phones, online security and more Windows 10

    Gearburn on Hashtag Radio is a new monthly segment where our editor Andy Walker, Hashtag Radio’s Zaid Kriel and another in-studio guest talk gaming, gadgets and all things tech. This week, TFG Tech Magazine editor Gavin Dudley joins the conversation. It has been another bumper week in technology, and that's without even mentioning IFA 2015 coming up next week. With that as a launch pad, and the recently launched LG G4 Beat as the fuel, we discuss the onslaught of mid-range phones that look to undercut their more expensive flagship siblings. Which mid-range device should you buy? What defines a mid-range smartphone?...

  • Windows 10 now calls 75-million devices home

    Microsoft's on quite a software run of late. After unveiling versions of its Office platform for the likes of iOS and Android earlier this year, it put the cherry on top with Windows 10 -- the OS that was billed to reinvigorate the stagnant Redmond company. Based on new data, it seems that the latter claim was absolutely accurate. Windows 10 has been installed on a notable 75-million devices in just under a month since its worldwide launch. That's insanely impressive, but largely down to the free installation model. To put this number into perspective, according to Ars Technica, Windows 8...

  • You can now test beta PlayStation 4 firmware for Sony

    Microsoft has allowed what it calls Insiders to test Windows 10 for a good while before it was released earlier this month, and now it seems that Sony is following in its stead. The company will be allowing itchy-fingered gamers to test beta versions of its PlayStation 4 firmware, much like what Microsoft does to those in its Dashboard Preview Program. Read more: Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post It's a simple affair signing up too. You fill out this application, purchase a PlayStation 4 if you don't have one, and wait for those beta...

  • Chinese OUYE console is a $70 Frankenstein PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    Here's a thought: what would happen if Sony and Microsoft ever joined forces to create a console in this current generation? A Chinese company is hoping to make this a reality, in a somewhat convoluted way. It's creation is called the OUYE, and its about as blatant a ripoff as ripoffs come, even in the history of Chinese products we've seen over the years. Boasting the distinctive grate from the Xbox One's enormous exhaust fan and the slanting dual pillar design of the PlayStation 4, it's essentially the unwanted bastard child of two companies that had a little too much wine...

  • 7 smartphones under R1000 you can buy right now

    Food is expensive. Internet connectivity is expensive. Life is expensive. Frankly, living in South Africa is pretty expensive. Luckily, your smartphone doesn't have to be. While we do love dropping obscenely large wads of cash every six months to purchase Sony's latest and greatest Xperia or Samsung's next Galaxy, there are other, much cheaper devices that can make calls, send messages and play the odd game every so often. These might be basement crawlers, but they're definitely not the bottom of the barrel. So, in a bid to save your wallets from serious abuse (especially before the holiday season arrives in earnest),...

  • Microsoft officially releases Windows 10 IoT tools for Raspberry Pi 2, Minnowboard Max

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Microsoft has a serious world-domination plan with Windows 10. Since the OS was officially launched last week, it's already taken over 3.5% of the global market. But as impressive that figure may be, it is only limited to desktop computers. Microsoft also wants Windows to become the go-to OS for mobile devices, it's Xbox One console, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) -- one OS to rule them all, if you will. While it's been available in...

  • Gamescom 2015 live blog: Blizzard unveils ‘World of Warcraft Legion’ expansion pack

    For all related news, views and analysis from the heart of Cologne’s gaming epicenter, have a look at our Gamescom 2015 Hub here. It's the back-end of the year and that means one thing for gamers across the world -- Gamescom. The 2015 edition will see only a handful of companies host live conferences, but some of them are incredibly important. With Sony absent, Microsoft will be showing off its new titles, hardware and deals to the German public. Electronic Arts, Call of Duty developer Treyarch and Blizzard will also get in on the fun, with other companies like Bethesda, Ubisoft...

  • 7 massive reveals from Microsoft’s Xbox Gamescom 2015 briefing

    For all related news, views and analysis from the heart of Cologne’s gaming epicenter, have a look at our Gamescom 2015 Hub here. Sifting through the good news for Microsoft's Xbox One customers is getting more and more difficult because frankly, the company keeps delivering humdinger after humdinger. Its Gamescom 2015 announcements were no exceptions either, with news regarding limited edition consoles, new hardware and exclusive titles all sharing stage time in Cologne. Picking through the key announcements, we narrow down the noise to seven particularly interesting and key stories that will affect Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers going forward. Do you...

  • Gamescom 2015 preview: livestream details, game reveals and more

    For all related news, views and analysis from the heart of Cologne's gaming epicenter, have a look at our Gamescom 2015 Hub here. It's safe to say that this year in gaming has been one of the most interesting for quite some time. Now that Sony and Microsoft's next-generation consoles can be referred to as "current-gen", and after Nvidia and AMD have revealed their new options in the graphics card market, things are slowly settling down. Perhaps this is true when viewing the industry form the hardware front, but in terms of upcoming games and software, the industry is only really...

  • Miss Microsoft’s Xbox Gamescom announcements? Catch the recap here [video]

    For all related news, views and analysis from the heart of Cologne’s gaming epicenter, have a look at our Gamescom 2015 Hub here. Usually press releases at game conferences can get torrid and boring very quickly, but it seems that Microsoft has honed its skilled over the years. Leaping forth from E3 2015, the Microsoft crew detailed three exclusives arriving in 2016 which includes the likes of Scalebound -- the company's Final Fantasy-like dragon-slaying RPG, Crackdown 3 -- a chaotic cop destroyer, and finally, Quantum Leap -- a game that takes time-warping mechanics to a whole new level. Microsoft also unveiled a...