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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear and sister-site Android Community. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Here’s how you get Microsoft HoloLens

Here’s how you get Microsoft HoloLens

You can't just go out and buy Microsoft Hololens to experience Windows Holographic for Windows 10. Not yet, at least. There's no solid launch window - nothing extremely specific, that is - as of yet, but we do have a few clues jump off from. One is word from JPL Labs at NASA at the California Institute of Technology - they suggest they'll be getting HoloLens units in July of 2015. Does this mean we'll be seeing developer units inside this year? Very possibly. What's not so likely is the idea that we'll get consumer units in 2015.

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Windows Holographic: Windows 10’s augmented reality

Windows Holographic: Windows 10’s augmented reality

Forget what you know about Virtual Reality and the way Windows is generally used to make it happen. This week Microsoft have revealed Windows Holographic, a system which will place Windows all around your environment, over everything. "A few years ago we started asking ourselves - could we make things simple so technology would just disappear?" said Microsoft's Alex Kipman, "Until now we've immersed ourselves in the world of technology, but what if we could take technology and bring it into our world?"

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Windows 10 Xbox One streaming update coming in 2015

Windows 10 Xbox One streaming update coming in 2015

This year - later this year, that is - Microsoft will be enabling streaming from the Xbox One to all Windows 10 devices. All Windows 10 devices able to handle the load, of course - but given the streaming we've seen over the past couple of years from NVIDIA GameStream and Steam In-home Streaming, we can't imagine there'll be many devices that aren't able to handle said load. According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, "[starting with] Windows 10 we will enable streaming of Xbox One games to ANY Windows 10 PC or tablet in your home later this year."

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Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox and gaming chief stepped onstage today to speak about the Windows 10 Xbox app. This app includes several columns, each with information about your Xbox One experience. You'll see Recently Played games, your Activity Feed, and Friends included. On the far right of the screen, you'll find your user icon and connections to Messages, Notifications, "My Games", Achievements, Game DVR, Editorial content, and the Xbox store. Below that, you'll find basic Settings and a Connection option.

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Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

The team behind Microsoft's presentation of Windows 10 have done a fair job in making it appear that the entire experience will be slick. Not only easy, that is to say, but looking VERY similar no matter what device you're using. The Photos app will exist in Windows 10 for desktop, Windows 10 for mobile devices (phones at least), and on desktop-like devices in-between. That's convertible devices, tablets, and so forth. One system will provide cross-device browsing of photos and videos no matter where you happen to be.

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Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to a new place for Windows 10, making certain the public understands that with more than just this one system, your computing service is going to be cross-platform. To do this, Cortana has been shown on the desktop's task bar. This is more like a search bar than anything, replicating what we've seen in the past on Windows Phone 8, here now on the bottom of our screen for desktop machines with Windows 10 - all in cool blue, of course.

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Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

After one year of the Windows 10 platform being released to the general market, you'll have to start paying for it - if you've not already upgraded, that is to say. Just so long as you've got Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 now, or at the time at which you'd like to upgrade your machine to Windows 10, you'll be able to do so for free. It'll be a one-time update and you'll never have to pay for it beyond that.

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Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

This week the team at video-hosting company Vessel will begin their Beta. This Beta will be behind a line of users - a popular way to get people to get interested in your service these days - and eventually content will be behind a paywall. Videos on Vessel will be hosted for the public like YouTube or Vimeo, but there's a new concept onboard as well: a 72-hour exclusive window. For 72 hours before anyone else on the web is able to see, content creators will put their video up on Vessel for paying-only users.

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Burton gets in the speaker business with Braven portables

Burton gets in the speaker business with Braven portables

An outdoor winter speaker set is being brought out to play this week by Burton and Braven, a combination of brands the likes of which the market has never seen before. Braven is a brand we've seen before - they make fine speakers of all kinds. Burton is also a brand we've seen before - they make fantastic winter clothing, creating some of the finest jackets known to snowboard-kind. Together they're making a unique set of speakers prepared for the snow, the cold, and the icy, unforgiving air of the slopes.

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Acer C740 Chromebook hands-on: 11.6-inches of hearty computing

Acer C740 Chromebook hands-on: 11.6-inches of hearty computing

Earlier this month we got the opportunity to go hands-on with Acer's newest Chromebook, the C740. The Acer C740 Chromebook works with an 11.6-inch display, has been aimed at 1:1 school programs for students, and comes with a reinforced hinge for long-lasting durability. In addition, Acer is revealing the C910 Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display. Both machines are made with the same reinforced body made for extra-active user deployment. Both Chromebooks work with reinforced covers that can withstand 60kg of force. Their corners can tolerate 45cm drops without damage, as well.

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