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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Tecno WinPad 10 is company’s latest Intel, Microsoft-powered hybrid tablet

    African device manufacturer Tecno has this week launched the Tecno WinPad 10 to the Nigerian market, which is the company's latest tablet hybrid to boast a decent specifications sheet and a smooth lick of style. The WinPad 10 will feature a 10.1-inch screen, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor (running at 1.83GHz), 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. There's also a dual camera setup, with a 5MP primary camera at the rear and a 2MP camera at the front, which means video calling is largely possible on this device. "We are indeed excited to bring this product to the...

  • More than just gaming: 3 key takeaways from E3 2015

    You know, the Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't always the enormous annual gaming shrine it is today. In the past, many gaming announcements were made at CES -- the annual January show that takes place in Las Vegas. Since E3 was born back in 1995 and took residence in sunny Los Angeles, we've seen some massive leaps in the world of gaming -- from new technologies to new perceptions about gaming. 2015 was definitely a marquee year if that previous statement is anything to go by. And while there are still many issues surrounding gaming both in terms of accessibility to...

  • Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post

    We're just over a month away from Microsoft's biggest software launch in many a year, and Windows 10 Insiders have had a substantial role to play in the crafting of the new operating system. For this, Microsoft has announced in a blog post that Windows Insiders, regardless of their Windows 7 or 8 license status, will get the OS for free once its released. The news also suggests that those previously running illegitimate versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will get Windows 10 absolutely free, as long as they are Insiders and registered to use Windows 10 with an...

  • PlayStation 4 to focus on future, won’t be getting backward compatibility

    It was big news at E3 2015, when Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will receive backward compatibility technology, allowing fans of legacy content to play a range of Xbox 360 titles on a new console. It definitely makes sense for the company too, who has been battered by Sony's PlayStation 4 in terms of sales in their initial few months. But Sony won't be following suit, at least if head of Sony PlayStation's games studios, Shuhei Yoshida, is to be believed. "The backward compatibility news was interesting. The technology involved must be very challenging," noted Yoshida, speaking to Polygon, but...

  • Console War revived: Xbox One outshines PlayStation 4 at E3 2015

    Day 0 of E3 2015 was one to remember especially for the likes of Bethesda and Microsoft's Xbox team. There were so many big announcements from these companies (and no, I'm not even talking about the AAA titles either) that everything that followed afterwards seemed to fall flat on its face. Notably, Sony's PlayStation presser fell well within this latter category. The blue team took to the stage after Microsoft announced new hardware for the Xbox One. This includes the Elite controller for US$150 which is comparable to the Scuff range, and improvements to the Xbox One's interface and software. Backward compatibility...

  • E3 2015 live blog: all the news from this year’s expo

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as acronym lovers call it, is possibly the most recognised and respected gaming expo on the planet, and it's about that time again. The 2015 edition will see some landmark events from some of the worlds biggest gaming and tech names. How does live pressers from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix sound? If those names make your hair stand on end, then you've definitely come to the right place. From 14-18 June, we'll be pushing news as it happens to our E3 2015 live blog below, and if you enjoy watching content live,...

  • Build Tour Johannesburg 2015: Microsoft talks Africa, Windows 10 and the web’s future

    Apple and Google haven't taken the time to pop in to greet South African developers and users in person, but at least Microsoft's personnel understands the importance. At the recent Microsoft #BuildTour event at Johannesburg's VodaWorld conference centre in Midrand, some Redmond folk donned South African cricket shirts (amid a minor baggage kerfuffle) to address avid and prospective Windows 10 users. But to what degree will Microsoft's next ecosystem fundamentally change the way developers and users interact with the world around them? Well, as it turns out, extensively. We were there to sieve through the dense and sometimes overwhelming stream of...

  • Microsoft’s relaunched Nokia Lumia 105 can last 25 days on one charge

    Smartphone launches are more common than Sundays in this day and age, but we almost never hear of big companies launching new feature phones. Microsoft thinks that this should change, at least based on its latest phone launch -- the simple Nokia Lumia 105. Arriving in single and dual SIM variants, it's feature phone through and through which isn't all bad news. Microsoft notes that it's price range should enable "more people around the world to have a voice, and bringing new mobile opportunities to their fingertips." That's largely what prospective clients will get. It's built like the Nokias of yore...

  • [Update] Windows 10 officially launching 29 July, Microsoft urges users to ‘reserve’ upgrade

    Update: Windows 10 will be launched officially on 29 July, according to Microsoft's Terry Myerson on the Windows Blog. The post reads: On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you. Remember back in January when Microsoft announced Windows 10's free upgrade deal for those running Windows...

  • ‘Halo 3: ODST’ now available on Xbox One

    Along with Halo: Reach, ODST is one of the only core Halo games where you don't play as series' protagonist, Master Chief. Reach still has you playing as Spartans, but ODST is more of a "lower-decks" story. Now it's available to Xbox One owners. Released in 2009, ODST was originally set to be an add-on to the Xbox 360's Halo 3, but eventually released as a stand-alone package. Taking place during the events of Halo 2, you take on the role of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST), along with Reach, are my two favourite Halo games Halo: The Master Chief Collection...