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31
Mar

Try Microsoft’s new browser in Windows 10’s latest test release


Microsoft Project Spartan

If you’ve been wondering when Microsoft would finally roll its brand new Project Spartan web browser into a version of Windows 10 you can try, wonder no longer. The Redmond crew has released a preview build of the operating system (10049) that includes Spartan, so you can check out Cortana voice commands, annotation features and speedier rendering for yourself. The software is still rough around the edges and won’t have every feature due when Windows 10 ships this summer, but you can give it a shot today if you simply can’t wait to kick Internet Explorer to the curb.

Filed under: Internet, Software, Microsoft

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Source: Blogging Windows (1), (2)

31
Mar

The winners of the 11th Annual Engadget Awards: Editors’ Choice


We trotted out some truly precious puppies to announce the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, but now it’s time to get down to business. As we do every year, we tasked our editor’s with the monumental feat of sifting through the previous year’s biggest innovations to select the absolute best in show. While there’s some crossover with our Readers’ Choice winners (sorry Fire phone), there were a few notable exceptions. But you’ll have to check out the gallery below to find out what made the cut.

Filed under: Cellphones, Gaming, Home Entertainment, Household, Laptops, Tablets, Transportation, Wearables, Software, HD, Mobile, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Google

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30
Mar

The (damn cute) winners of 11th Annual Engadget Awards: People’s Choice


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The 11th Annual Engadget AwardsThe votes for the 11th Annual Engadget People’s Choice Awards have been tallied and the winners are in. As is always the case, there were some very polarizing products on the ballot and many of the honorees won by a very small margin. But the real winners this year were the cute and adoptable puppies at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) shelter. The only thing we love here at Engadget more than true innovation is man’s best friend, so we teamed up with the SFACC for a special awards ceremony. Early last week, a set of the most eligible animals in San Francisco accepted “trophies” on behalf of the companies that created your favorite gadgets and software of 2014. To find out who took top honors check out the video above, and to take home one of our special guests, please visit the SFACC for more information.
And check back this afternoon to find out what won this year’s Editors’ Choice awards.

Filed under: Cellphones, Gaming, Home Entertainment, Household, Laptops, Tablets, Transportation, Wearables, Software, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, Google

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28
Mar

The Windows 10 preview will work on more phones soon


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If you’ve been itching to try out a technical preview version of Windows 10 on your phone but didn’t have a device on the short list, then we have good news. Microsoft just released a list of devices that it expects to support in the next “flight” and it includes additional Lumia models like the 1020, 1320, 1520, 920, Icon and so on (the list is after the break — it does not include the Lumia 930). It will be at least a week until the next update rolls out, but there’s no specific date promised, and the list of supported devices could change.

Until now, differences in partition sizes had kept the Windows 10 testing to just a few devices, but Windows Insider manager Gabriel Aul says that the “partition stitching” code needed to support more devices is finally ready. If you have a Lumia devices, then a taste of the next big update is close at hand, until it arrives take a look at our early experiences here.

The current list of supported phones:

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia ICON
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Microsoft

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27
Mar

Google, Apple and others list demands for spying act changes


Activists Protest Outside Justice Dep't During Obama Speech On NSA Reforms

The US Congress, Senate and White House may be torn on what to do with a key Patriot Act spying clause, set to expire on June 1st. But Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies in the Reform Government Surveillance coalition know exactly what they want: no more bulk data collection. Together with numerous privacy groups including the ACLU and EFF, they presented a letter to the President and both houses with two key demands. The groups asked for “a clear, strong and effective end of bulk collection practices under the Patriot Act,” along with “transparency and accountability mechanisms for both government and company reporting.”

The group sees no reason why Congress can’t “protect both national security and privacy” at the same time to “restore trust in the internet.” Companies like Google and Facebook bore a large part of the public’s wrath when it was suggested that they funneled data directly to the NSA, albeit unwillingly or unknowingly. With greater transparency, the group no doubt feels it could at least justify any user data collection it does on behalf of the government.

Companies like Google and Facebook bore a large part of the public’s wrath when it was suggested that they funneled data directly to the NSA.

The Patriot Act’s infamous clause 215 authorizing bulk spying via the “roving wiretap” provision has already been extended several times. However, the upcoming debates in Congress and Senate will be the first post-Snowden, and figure to be contentious. The heads of both Republican-controlled chambers are dead-set against any major changes, and blocked a bill that proposed minor reforms last year. However, other Republicans and Democrats, along with President Obama, favor significant changes. The letter from the tech coalition is obviously designed to give any representatives who may be on the fence a tiny nudge.

[Image credit: Getty Images]

Filed under: Storage, Apple, Microsoft, Google

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Via: CNET

Source: Reform Government Surveillance

25
Mar

‘Halo Online’ is a free PC game launching only in Russia


Halo is making a triumphant, if border-blocked, return to PC with Halo Online, a free multiplayer-only game set to launch in Russia this spring. The Russian launch is a closed beta, as Microsoft figures out the best way “to welcome new fans to the Halo universe,” according to a post on Halo Waypoint. Halo Online is built on a modified version of the Halo 3 engine, and it should run smoothly on lower-end PCs, Microsoft says. Halo Online comes from Halo: The Master Chief Collection collaborator Saber Interactive and software developer Innova Systems, who have partnered with Halo 4 and 5 studio 343 Industries and, of course, Microsoft.

It’s multiplayer-only, so there’s no solo campaign, but the game does have a basic storyline, as laid out on Waypoint: “Halo Online is set on a secret UNSC space installation called Anvil, where Spartan-IV soldiers train together in war exercises to sharpen their battle skills and test experimental technology.”

Historically, Halo is exclusive to Xbox, since it comes from that console’s manufacturer, Microsoft (though the first Halo did launch on Windows as well). However, the company notes that Halo Online is not destined for Xbox One, since it was built specifically for PC. In a similar move, after several years of development Activision recently launched an open beta for Call of Duty Online, a freemium version of its flagship shooter that’s only available in China. Right now, this game is in development for Russia only, though Microsoft notes that “theoretically,” Halo Online would have to be adapted for different regions before launching elsewhere. Until then, we’ll just be sitting here, Needlers crossed.

Filed under: Gaming, HD, Microsoft

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Source: Halo Waypoint

24
Mar

Deal: Microsoft Bluetooth mice, keyboards, and other accessories up to 60% off on Amazon


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Amazon is running a promotion on Microsoft mobile and PC accessories, including several Bluetooth keyboards and mice.

A nice mouse-keyboard pair can really help you make the most out of any tablet or even larger phones, especially if your mobile device is your primary way to get online. Whether you’re looking for a mouse or a keyboard to amp up your mobile productivity or an accessory for your computer, today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal may bring some bargain opportunities. The promo sees select Microsoft keyboards and mice (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), webcams and game controllers discounted by up to 60 percent.

Of particular interest to mobile users are the following accessories, all well rated by Amazon users:

If you’re interested in the PC accessories, check out the full list here.

The deal is valid through midnight Pacific. Happy shopping!



24
Mar

Deal: Microsoft Bluetooth mice, keyboards, and other accessories up to 60% off on Amazon


MICROSOFT MOUSE

Amazon is running a promotion on Microsoft mobile and PC accessories, including several Bluetooth keyboards and mice.

A nice mouse-keyboard pair can really help you make the most out of any tablet or even larger phones, especially if your mobile device is your primary way to get online. Whether you’re looking for a mouse or a keyboard to amp up your mobile productivity or an accessory for your computer, today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal may bring some bargain opportunities. The promo sees select Microsoft keyboards and mice (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), webcams and game controllers discounted by up to 60 percent.

Of particular interest to mobile users are the following accessories, all well rated by Amazon users:

If you’re interested in the PC accessories, check out the full list here.

The deal is valid through midnight Pacific. Happy shopping!



23
Mar

Samsung commits to loading Microsoft apps on future devices




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Samsung says it plans to install a number of Microsoft apps on its upcoming smartphones and tablets. Starting with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung’s lineup will come loaded with OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype. Both smartphones come with 100GB free cloud storage for two years through Microsoft OneDrive, allowing extra storage space for media.  Looking ahead, Samsung will pre-install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype on some of its tablets.

“Great things happen when you converge services and devices,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft’s productivity services to everyone, on every device, so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want.”

In related news, Dell and a host of other hardware makers have confirmed similar intentions.

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23
Mar

Microsoft apps coming to more Samsung devices this year


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Samsung and Microsoft are extending their software partnership this year, in a bid to improve productivity services for regular customers and business users alike. To wit, Samsung will pre-install additional Microsoft services and apps on its upcoming Android devices.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge already come with Microsoft’s OneNote, OneDrive and Skype applications pre-installed and upcoming Samsung tablets, scheduled for a H1 2015 release, will come pre-packaged with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint in addition to the S6’s software.

The aim appears to be to make Samsung’s products more appealing to the enterprise market, but general consumers may not take as kindly to the pre-installed “bloat” that they may never use. Businesses that purchase devices through Samsung’s business-to-business sales channels will be offered Business, Business Premium, and Enterprise Office 365 packages, coupled with Samsung’s KNOX security solution.

“Our goal is to meet the ever-evolving needs of both consumers and business customers and give them more power to discover new mobile experiences.” - SangChul Lee, Samsung Electronics

Microsoft appears to be increasingly receptive to opening up its software to competing operating systems and hardware, most likely in a bid to keeps its name relevant and to potentially lure customers back around to its operating system. Microsoft is currently a small player in the mobile market and risks losing software sales to unsupported platforms. Earlier in the year, Microsoft released its office software suite for Android tablets along with an Excel optimized keyboard. Rumors are also pointing to Cortana heading to Android in the future, not to mention the planned Windows 10 support for Xiaomi products.

Along with the Microsoft deal, Samsung also has an arrangement with BlackBerry to enhance its enterprise software suite. Samsung is looking to make itself stand out above the crowd in the business segment this year, with an extended range of applications and security features tailored to that market.

What do you think about the partnership?



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