Microsoft, News, Xbox One

Xbox One now launching in 13 countries: most of Europe left in the cold

Xbox One Floating We were pretty bummed out when the news came of the Xbox One initially being launched in only 21 countries. Now, the number has been cut to an unlucky number 13. Only those will have the chance of enjoying the new next-gen console launch November this year. The eight markets that have now recently been left out in the cold include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland. People who pre-ordered Microsoft's new console in these markets are said ...

Microsoft, News

Ubi — the Kinect app that turns any surface into a touchscreen

Ubi Interactive That's right. Given the right equipment and Ubi Interactive's software, we can (and eventually will) play Angry Birds on our living room walls or go all-out Da Vinci or Banksy by making murals we can swipe away. With this touch-interactive projection software now available, we can use our Kinect to do all this and more. Pumping beats aside, the video shows how easily you could impress your colleagues during a presentation. If a dull click-button wasn't enough for a boardroom meeting, ...

News, Windows

‘Mark your calendars’ – Windows 8.1 arrives 18 October

Win 8.1 coming soon Windows 8.1 is coming 18 October and is being rolled out in stores, on new devices or as a free update for existing Windows 8 owners. Improvements! Windows 8.1 has loads of them. In the official blog post from Windows, it says that "Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers." How wonderful of it. This includes a far slicker Internet Explorer 11 (Chrome is still better), ...

Microsoft, News

MakerBot and Microsoft team-up to bring 3D-printing to the masses

Maker bot MakerBot Industries as well as Microsoft are upping the ante in the 3D printing world. The popular company responsible for easy-to-use desktop 3D printers recently teamed up with Microsoft to sell its popular "Replicator 2" 3D printer at Microsoft stores. The Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer together with MakerBot PLA Filament are now available both online and offline through Microsoft. Microsoft stores across the US will be stocking 3D printers together with a MakerBot service plan called MakerCare. The stores will ...

Applications, News, Windows

Windows Phone App Studio makes app creation child’s play

windows 8 We all know that one of the main reasons Windows 8 is struggling with Android and iOS is the fact that its app store is quite limited. In efforts to counter this, Microsoft announced the opening of its new app building platfrom -- the Windows Phone App Studio. The platform promises no coding required from the creator's end and is supposed to be incredibly user-friendly. You can mess around with adding different images, videos, RSS and Twitter feeds -- all in ...

Microsoft, News

Surface Pro discounted following RT price reduction

microsoft surface keyboards Good news for Microsoft's Surface Pro fans who can't afford it. The software giant is discounting the device by US$100 (R1000) for the month of August. First spotted by Tom Warren over at The Verge, the price reduction affects the 64GB and 128GB Pros. Just a few weeks ago the Redmond-based company announced plans to cut the price of its Surface RT product which, according to AllThingsD, "seems to have driven a massive US$900-million write-down on unsold inventory". During the announcement ...

Microsoft, News, Xbox One

Xbox Live to shun trolls, haters and cheaters

xbox live Reputation is key. When you're online, you're vulnerable to the socially awkward, the psychos, the cheaters and jerks. Xbox Live wants to shun these haters on the Xbox One. Like a tough street corner in the hood, you'll be forever marked by your actions, whether they're fair or foul, Microsoft's new HAL-algorithm will know. In this effort to make Xbox Live an "even more kick-ass" community, Microsoft designed an algorithm. As is the usual case with algorithms, they're complicated. "The ...

Microsoft, News

Another silly smartwatch is coming, this time from Microsoft

dumb watch Your flesh is weak to smartwatch rumours, so give in and drink the juice Microsoft is pouring for you. Today, there's a sweet cup of Windows 8-loving smartwatch to ingest as The Verge reports on new developments from camp Microsoft. Could you handle a smartwatch running Surface on it? Microsoft thinks you can. According to the rumour-mill, the prototype smartwatch has been shifted over to team Surface. This is a step in a positive direction as previous smartwatch rumours pointed to ...

Tablets, Windows

Microsoft smartly slashes Surface RT price to $349

Microsoft’s doing the smart thing and cutting the price of its (fairly dreadful) Window Surface RT tablets by as much as US$150 (R1 500) says The Verge. From 14 July, US-based store, Staples will begin to sell the cut-price RT tablets. Here’s the new price, in print. It’s a brave move, and a needed one. The sales for Windows RT tablets have been dire (1-million during Q1 2013) and analysts have said that poor sales can be attributed to two things: ...

News, Windows

Windows 8.1 ready for OEMs ‘late August’ says Microsoft

Windows 8 lead Windows 8.1 will be ready to be loaded onto PCs by late August, says Microsoft on its official Windows blog. "This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays!” the blog excitingly continues. The blog recounts Microsoft executives Tami Reller and Jensen Harris who took to the stage at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference earlier  today to explain how Windows 8.1 will integrate with OEM devices. Onstage, features ...

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