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  • Xbox One April Update: better party chat, voice messages coming to preview

    Hot on the heels of Sony‘s PS4 Yukimura update this week, Microsoft Xbox has launched a preview video of what to expect from the April Xbox One system update. Read more: PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements There are three major updates arriving to the Xbox One experience that focus primarily on the social side of the gaming experience. Firstly, Microsoft has announced that it will now offer dedicated servers for Party Chat, as Xbox head Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb explains in his blog: Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage...

  • 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...

  • Windows 10 will compress system files to increase user storage

    Microsoft really is gunning to reclaim its groupie love that was severed in Windows 10, often delving into some of the more innocuous annoyances of Windows 8, but in the decade where media storage is perhaps at its all time high, Microsoft is looking to eke even more juice from those drives of yours. Windows 10, as the company explained in a blog post, will be able to compress its system files giving the user more storage for those cat pictures and game fail clips. This may not sound like much, but considering that an install of Android on smartphones with...

  • Microsoft’s Einstein-boosted Cortana coming to Android and iOS too

    This genuinely brings a smile to my face, especially considering Apple‘s staunch closed ecosystem mentality and Android‘s Google Now dependency. Microsoft has announced that its Bing-powered personal digital assistant Cortana is flying the Microsoft coup, and coming to Android and iOS in the near future. In a Reuters exclusive, “people familiar with the matter” noted that Cortana will be rolled out to mobile devices running Apple’s and Google’s prized operating systems. But this doesn’t quite stop there. Microsoft is also working on a more “advanced” version of Cortana to rival Apple’s Siri, dubbed the Einstein Project. The MD of the company’s research division...

  • Sony PS4, Vita handheld arriving in China 20 April

    The Sony PlayStation 4 will officially go on sale in China 20 April, nearly three months later than the scheduled 11 January penciling and nearly seven months after the Xbox One arrived in the country. Following the move of Microsoft and its Xbox One console into the southeast Asian market, the Japanese manufacturer has priced the consoles at around US$460, and the handheld Vita console, just under US210. A controller, for those interested, will ship at around US$65 a pop. This is quite a big deal for Sony, considering that the company has already moved over 20.2-million PS4 consoles since its...

  • Microsoft Lumia 435 available in South Africa [update]

    Update: Microsoft has just clarified that the device shipping to South Africa will be the single SIM Lumia 435 only, which is a tad disappointing. Microsoft has announced that its first 400 Series Lumia, the Lumia 435, is now available in South Africa at a retail price of R1149. Staying true to the Lumia formula in general, the 435 features the bright pastel colours we have come to know from the 535, Windows Phone OS and an emphasis on imaging. The Microsoft Lumia 435 boasts Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, a 4-inch 800×480 screen, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200...

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