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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • Windows 10 to get ARM version with legacy apps

    Microsoft's Windows is no stranger to ARM-based processors, with Windows RT running on Nvidia Tegra hardware instead of x86-based Intel and AMD chips. Now, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be supporting ARM-based chips next year. The company used the WinHEC 2016 event to announce that it will be teaming up with Qualcomm for Windows 10 on ARM hardware. For the uninitiated, ARM-based chips are used in the vast majority of smartphones (from Apple to ZTE) and are generally more power-efficient than x86 chips (used in Windows and Mac laptops). "...to deliver on our customers' growing needs to create on the go,...

  • Windows: Microsoft bringing x86 emulation to ARM?

    Microsoft's Continuum for Phones feature seems cool on paper, allowing you to run your phone's universal Windows apps on a big screen to give a computer-like experience. The biggest issue is that legacy Windows apps simply don't work via this feature, leaving a big gap then. However, it seems like Microsoft is working on a solution, ZDNet reports, claiming a "fall 2017" launch date. The website's sources say the feature will be coming to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone 3 update next year. So what does the tech entail then? Full fledged Windows apps might make their way to mobile platforms...

  • Surface Studio: Microsoft makes a pricey desktop PC

    Microsoft's 27 October event was rather subdued compared to last year's edition, but it still had something interesting in the form of the Surface Studio. The company revealed an all-in-one desktop PC yesterday, being aimed at "creatives" and other professional types. So what kind of specs are you getting then? Users have a choice between an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as the choice between 2GB GeForce GTX965M and 4GB GeForce GTX980M graphics. Other notable specs include between 8GB and 32GB of RAM, 1TB or 2TB storage and four USB 3.0 ports. In addition to some decent grunt, the Surface...

  • Alcatel Plus 10: the new budget hybrid king?

    It's tough to find decent Windows laptop/tablet hybrids at the sub-R5000 price point, but TCL's new Alcatel device might just pack the goods. At a suggested price of R3559, you get a budget-minded Intel Cherry Trail X5 processor (T3 Z8350), 2GB of RAM, 10.1-inch 1280x800 display, dual front speakers and 32GB of expandable storage. In the camera department, we've got a 5MP main camera and a 2MP shooter with flash for video calling and selfies. However, TCL has also spiced things up with the addition of a keyboard dock, featuring an extra 2580mAh battery over and above the tablet's 5830mAh pack. The keyboard dock...

  • Intel steps into VR arena with Project Alloy open hardware platform

    Mobile chip manufacturing isn't the only thing Intel had to announce this week, as the tech firm announced a virtual reality (VR) platform, dubbed Project Alloy. The new project essentially serves as an open design/platform, merging a VR headset with Intel's RealSense technology. The headset itself stands out thanks to its untethered nature, Intel explained. "Operate without pesky cords dangling from your VR headset connecting to the computer. The computing power is located in the Alloy Head-Mounted Device (HMD), which allows the user to experience VR untethered," the company said in a press statement. We're not sure how powerful the processing box is, but...

  • 5 more decent Android & Windows smartphones under R1000

    About a year ago, we took a look at seven decent smartphones available for under R1000, but have times changed since then? We decided to revisit the topic, listing some capable smartphones that don't breach the one grand barrier. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 Last month saw the red network introduce the Smart Kicka 2, the sequel to 2015's cheapest and most capable smartphone in South Africa. It's still unclear exactly what kind of specs we're getting with the new handset. If it's anything like the Smart First again, expect a budget Spreadtrum quad-core A7 processor, 1400mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 2MP camera and 4GB...

  • Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update features and release date?

    Microsoft has already released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PC and Xbox, but what about the company's mobile platform? Neowin reports that the Lumia India Twitter account has revealed a 9 August launch date for the new update. The tweet has since been deleted and replaced with a vague "gradual rollout from 2 August" response. @prasumoholkar (1/3)That's a great question! Microsoft roll out the new update August 2 gradually, meaning it will take time for the update — Lumia India (@LumiaIndia) August 3, 2016 What should Windows Phone users expect from the update? A few of these features have been detailed on...

  • 9+ useful, entertaining Windows 10 apps we want on Xbox One

    Microsoft announced some time back that its Windows Store would be coming to Xbox One, allowing people to download an array of apps. There's still no word on the app store hitting consoles just yet, but we'd definitely like to see some of these apps on our Microsoft consoles. VLC media player Easily one of the most popular apps around, VLC is a jack-of-all-trades media player, capable of handling almost everything you throw at it. The default Xbox players aren't bad, but an all-in-one solution, capable of handling everything from MP3 and FLAC to MKV and AVI, would be a welcome addition to...

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1 gets new ‘Service Pack’, bundled update scheme detailed

    The still widely used duo of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are both getting a simplified updates scheme, Microsoft today announced. The Redmond company currently has its flagship Windows 10 OS to market and maintain, but thankfully, it's not forgetting about the near 57% of the desktop user base still on the company's two legacy OSes. As a result, it's making updates a much less painful event each and every month. But first, what about the older updates? Microsoft has a plan for that too. The 'convenience rollup' Taking to the TechNet Blog, Microsoft rep Nathan Mercer explained the changes: We’re happy to announce...

  • The latest Windows 10 Mobile update is a meaty one

    Windows 10 Mobile is a step up from Windows Phone 8.1 in a few ways, but it could definitely do with more features and polish. Microsoft's latest update shows that the platform is well on its way though, introducing quite a few additions and tweaks to Windows Insiders. Notifications get some love The Action Center and notifications are the first items on the list, as Microsoft has decided to group all notifications from one app under one heading instead. Notifications themselves have also seen some visual changes, with large images now possible in the notification, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post. Finally, one more neat notification...