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  • 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event

    Windows 10 (yep, not Windows 9, remember) has been out in the wild for a good while now, on Windows Insider’s test machines and laptops, but it hasn’t yet come to mobile devices. As the tablet market shrinks in a surprising turn of events, the PC market has enjoyed something of a comeback in recent months with tablets taking a back seat. But what does this mean for mobile devices? Windows 10, as Satya Nadella noted months back, will work across all “Windows” platforms, from smartphones to laptops to the Xbox One console. It’s a massive undertaking and a burdensome...

  • Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ browser may support Google Chrome extensions

    It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was a massive flop this decade, taking a beating from the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the power user stakes. Realising this, Microsoft has been developing its next-gen browser behind closed doors to form part of its Windows 10 ecosystem. Codenamed “Spartan“, piece of code will likely go a long way to rectifying IE’s terrible street cred, and news has surfaced of Microsoft’s cunning plan. Read more: 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event Neowin has today reported that Spartan and Google Chrome extensions may hold hands in the future,...

  • Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One celebrate respective sales victories

    Here’s some heart-warming news if you’re a non-biased console gamer. Nintendo has announced that December 2014 was a big sales month for the Wii U console, with a 29% improvement in console sales and a massive 75% increase in games sales compared to the same period last year. That’s some great news, especially since the company has announced some big things for the year ahead, including the introduction of the new Nintendo 3DS XL to the US and European markets on 13 February. Read more: Nintendo Direct: 3DS XL confirmed, games galore coming this year In terms of current games, Mario Kart...

  • ‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ hits 30-million download milestone

    Minecraft: Pocket Edition can now hold its head up high alongside its PC and console brothers, as the game has hit the 30-million download mark. We imagine Mojang and Microsoft, the game developer’s new owner, have rather smug looks on their faces at the moment because that’s a boat-load of cash if you consider the game costs US$7 across mobile platforms. In pure Mojang style too, the company outed a blog post celebrating the feat. Here’s our favourite except from it: Let’s put that into perspective: if each Pocket Edition sale was an average sized dog, and you walked said dog every...

  • ‘Windows 10 Mobile’ preview coming later this month, reports suggest

    Windows 10 is maturing nicely and Microsoft is now ready to unveil a preview for handheld devices later this month, according to The Verge’s sources. The company has outed an app for Windows Phone users dubbed Phone Insider which will allow users to receive the latest build of the Windows 10 OS on their phones. Although the app only works for Microsoft employees at the moment, reports The Verge, the app should be open to Windows Insiders in the near future — much like Windows 10’s desktop Insider Program. It is believed that Redmond will showcase a few of the OS’s...

  • Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s new $29 ‘internet ready’ feature phone

    Microsoft has announced a new entry level mobile phone to compete against the horde of low cost Android handsets released last year. Interestingly, the new phone wears a Nokia badge. The Nokia 215, dubbed the “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” by its creator, is aimed at the first time mobile buyers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe and will go on sale Q1 2015. It’s not a smartphone as such and features no fancy Windows Phone OS bells and whistles. As a result, it’s priced at just US$29, but it covers the entry level user bases rather...

  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite update does nothing to solve WiFi issues

    Citing users’ complaints about the rubbish WiFi connectivity, Apple has issued an update to OS X Yosemite. Labeled as update 10.10.1, the patch hoped to fix a host of issues, but primarily a bug that killed any established WiFi connection every few minutes. But has the patch done anything to solve this issue? Apparently not. We hope Apple has checked its forums today, because they are awash with users’ frustrations. The pick of the bunch by RichardX720 reads as follows: What kills me is that apple doesn’t seem to be giving ANY information out, no acknowledgement, and certainly no fix yet. I feel...

  • Microsoft drops first Lumia branded device: a cheap, colourful selfie-shooter

    Microsoft’s first branded Lumia has just been revealed. Sans the Nokia brand of course, the Lumia 535 is a low-cost, colourful smartphone with a grand focus on all the software Microsoft has to offer. Apart from the 5MP LED flash at the rear, the colourful selfie-shooter carries a 5MP front cam that’s meant to be used alongside the Lumia Selfie App. The app enables you to “enhance” your selfies with filters and easily share them with friends from the app to OneDrive, Instagram, Twitter and so forth. The friendly five incher carries a quad-core 1.2GHz processor together with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal...

  • Microsoft to drop free Xbox Music streaming service in December

    If you’ve been using Xbox Music on you PC for the last two years, you’d better start exporting your playlist or cough-up the dough. Microsoft will be discontinuing its free Xbox Music streaming service on 1 December 2014. As it stands, users can either opt to pay a monthly fee of US$10 for an Xbox Music Pass, download songs at set prices individually, or use the free PC version that includes ads. The latter will be scrapped. Ever since its inception on 2012, the music service has tried to take on online streaming giants like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes....

  • Microsoft’s wearable is coming ‘within weeks’, according to report

    Great, another wearable. After esteemed technology companies, jewelry designers and even sup-par musicians all jumped on board the promising wearable bandwagon, we’ve been wondering where Redmond’s position is in all of this. While we reported back in April that Microsoft is planning a wearable, it was merely just a rumour. But now, reports suggest that we could see a wrist-wrangler straight out of Redmond “within weeks”. But what will Microsoft do differently as opposed to the Android Wear crowd? According to Forbes, the wearable will be cross platform, holding hands with some of the industry’s biggest mobile OS’, including Windows Phone,...

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