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Latest Windows 10 build bundles the new Project Spartan web browser

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After wooing the Windows users with a free upgrade to Windows 10, even for those with pirated versions, it’s clear that Microsoft has a bigger game plan. While that plan unfolds slowly, the Redmond headquartered software giant is rolling out new Windows 10 Technical Preview builds to early testers.

The latest Windows 10 TP build 10049 bundles the next generation web browser called Project Spartan. Read more »

Windows 10 may not play well with a another OS

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For a lot of people Windows 10 sounds like the a dream come true. The net installment of the popular OS promises universal apps across all hardware platforms and versions and perhaps even more exciting – compatibility with every Windows Phone 8 handset out there.

Things looked even better after the US tech giant announced its plans to captivate the Chinese market by offering legal upgrades to both genuine and non-genuine Windows installs. Another piece of the Windows 10 puzzle has surfaces today, courtesy of a leaked China presentation and it could potentially show a slightly darker aspect of the upcoming OS. Read more »

Microsoft now lets you add your MP3s to OneDrive and play them via Xbox Music

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Google started the whole ‘music locker’ craze when it offered free storage for up to 20,000 tracks through its Play Music service (that limit has since been upped to 50,000). And now, following Amazon, Microsoft wants a piece of this pie too.

So it’s teamed up its OneDrive cloud storage service with Xbox Music. The former stores your existing music collection, while the latter lets you play it on your PC, Windows Phone, or Xbox. Unfortunately though, iOS and Android devices are not supported. Read more »

Here is how Windows 10 achieves a small footprint and leaves more space for your files

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At one time, or another, all of us have dealt with storage space shortage. Lacking free space can really be a hustle and as mobile tech becomes smaller and runs more advanced software and rich multimedia, storage limitations become very common. SSD drives bring enormous performance gain, but their limited capacity is definitely complicating the situation.

Modern operating systems are severely affected by storage limitations as developers are tasked with cramming increasingly sophisticated code into tiny spaces. The latest installment of Microsoft Windows is particularly vulnerable in this respect, especially, considering the company’s ambitious desire to make it run across an enormous array of devices, ranging all the way from beastly gaming PC rigs, down to budget, pocketsize smartphones. Read more »

Microsoft Windows 10 updates will be delivered via peer-to-peer connection

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Windows 10 users will have the option to install firmware updates via peer-to-peer connection. An upcoming preview of the OS by Microsoft reveals the new option.

The new functionality will allow users to install updates more quickly – via PC’s on a local network, or a combination of PCs and Microsoft servers. Read more »

IDC: Apple iPad shipments will dip to 60 million units this year

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According to a report by the research firm IDC, Apple will ship roughly 60 million iPad tablets in 2015. The Cupertino giant moved 63.4 million slates last year.

IDC projects Apple to capture 25.6% of the tablet market this year – down from 27.6% in 2014. Read more »

Microsoft to include Project Spartan in upcoming Windows 10 Preview release

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Today at its MWC 2015 press event, Microsoft demonstrated the Project Spartan web browser running on a Lumia 930 and also mentioned that the upcoming Windows 10 Preview build will ship with the latest browser as well.

Project Spartan will replace Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10 and early benchmarks show it to be really fast. Read more »

Universal apps are a perfect match for all your Microsoft devices

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The Microsoft MWC event had a few interesting device announces, namely the new Lumia 640 and its bigger brother – the Lumia 640 XL. A large part of the company’s presentation, however was dedicated to the constantly improving universal application experience on Windows devices.

As most of you surely know, Windows 10 applications are now built around a brand new “One Windows” philosophy. The concept is incredibly straight-forward – have a uniform application ecosystem that will be supported across the whole range of Windows devices and allow developers to write uniform code and make for a seamless user experience transition from mobile screens all the way to full PC desktops. Read more »

Lenovo launches Tab 2 A10, Tab 2 A8 and Ideapad MIIX 300 slates

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Lenovo has chimed in on the MWC 2015 horizon with the launch of a slate trio – meet the Android-running Tab 2 A10-70, Tab 2 A8 and Windows-booting Ideapad MIIX 300.

Lenovo Tab 2 A10

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 packs a 10.1″ IPS display of 1080p resolution and under the hood features a MediaTek chipset with a 64-bit quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Lenovo says its 7,200mAh battery can last up to 10 hours of non-stop usage. It’s quite sleek, too, with a weight of 509 grams and 8.9mm thick frame. Read more »

HP intros top of the line Spectre x360 convertible laptop

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As many mobile device makers are holding their pre-MWC press events, HP has unveiled a new laptop – the Spectre x360. This is actually a convertible PC, and HP says that we’re looking at its “most premium and versatile” computer ever.

The Spectre x360 can be used in a few different ‘modes’ – there’s the laptop mode obviously, as well as the tablet mode, but you can also choose ‘tent mode’ for playing, and ‘stand mode’ for watching entertainment. Read more »

Archos unveils tablets and laptops for schools: Android, Windows 8.1 and Chrome OS

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Archos has joined The “Grand Digital for Schools Project,” which will do a trial run of equipping 50,000 middle and high school students with tablets and laptops. Next year the program will ramp things up to 1 million students.

Archos has unveiled devices – laptops and tablets with keyboard docks – in three sizes and three OSes – Windows 8.1 Professional, Android and even Chrome OS. Read more »

Windows is now less vulnerable than OS X and Linux

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Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which is often criticized for its security issues, is no longer the number one as far as security vulnerabilities are concerned. According to latest data from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the OS is less vulnerable than Apple’s OS X, iOS, as well as Linux.

A quick look at the top operating systems by vulnerabilities reported in 2014 (see image above) reveals that Apple Mac OS X is the most vulnerable operating system, followed by Apple iOS (#2), and Linux (#3). Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are at position 7 and 8, respectively. Read more »

HP Stream 7 tablet now available for $79 at online Microsoft Store

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The HP Stream 7 tablet, which was launched last year at a price tag of $99.99, can now be purchased for just $79 from the online Microsoft Store.

The deal also includes a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal (worth $69.99), which means you get the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, plus 1TB of OneDrive online storage as well as 60 minutes of free Skype calls per month. Read more »

VAIO announces two new Z series hybrid laptops: VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas

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The VAIO PC brand, which became an independent company after Sony sold it off to a to Japanese investment fund last year, has announced two new Z series PCs: the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas.

The VAIO Z features an Intel Core i7-5557U (3.1GHz) processor, a 13-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, and Intel’s Iris Graphics 6100 GPU. It comes with 8GB/16GB RAM and 256/512GB SSD options. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, as well as IEEE802.11 ac / a / b / g / n wireless support. The device is said to have around 15 hours of battery life. Read more »

Google Talk for Windows to be deprecated on February 25

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After about ten years since it was first introduced, Google will be deprecating the Google Talk application for Windows. Google stopped allowing people to download the app long time ago but you can still continue using it, that is, until February 25.

Google already has a replacement in the form of Hangouts, which has been around for over a year now, and includes a lot more features, such as group messaging, audio and video calls, and emoji support. Read more »