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Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Learning how to code, usually to make apps, has become a topic of debate among the IT, education, government sectors, with some advocating teaching it as a core skill like writing and math. Most, if not all, these thrusts, however, focus on educating kids, leaving adults to fend for themselves. After all, grownups can learn faster and better, right? As any adult will tell you, however, that isn't always the case. That is perhaps why Microsoft has launched the PowerApps platform to let grownups in workplaces build their own apps, no coding required.

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Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

It was less than a month ago that Microsoft put out the request for those interested in beta testing Cortana for iPhone, and now those lucky enough to be selected are getting notified to download the voice-powered digital assistant. While designed to compete with Apple's own Siri, as well as Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana will be fairly limited on the iPhone in terms of capability, at least compared to the native Windows version.

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Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

It's the time of year when electronics are sold at bare-minimum cost and appear to be good deals for those that wake up early. Black Friday, it's called - and it's not a great place to shop. It's the place where stores pick up large batches of extremely cheap and terrible pieces of merchandise that, on the surface, seem like they'll be pretty much exactly what a person would want to buy when they've had very little sleep. A big, giant television set! A tablet for next-to-nothing! "Wow, what a good deal," you might be saying to yourself. If it looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is just that.

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Updated Windows 10 this month? Check your privacy settings

Updated Windows 10 this month? Check your privacy settings

Two weeks ago, Microsoft rolled out its so far biggest update to Windows 10, bringing in a couple of new customization features, improvements under the hood, and some rather important new features. But just a few days ago, that update, version 1511 to be exact, was suddenly pulled out and the Media Creation Tool also yanked from the Internet. Now both are back in business and Microsoft has some explanation ready. Apparently, the update reset at least four privacy settings to their defaults, which practically gave Microsoft some advertising advantage on users.

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Microsoft debuts Android app for those considering Windows Phone

Microsoft debuts Android app for those considering Windows Phone

Apple isn't the only one releasing apps for Android to lure users to its own mobile platform. Microsoft is trying something similar with its new release to the Google Play store, an app called AppComparison. Featuring a tagline of "Are you considering changing your Android device to Windows Phone?", the app doesn't directly try to convince users to switch platforms, but instead shows which apps are already available on Windows 10 Mobile.

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Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Today we're having our first look at the Microsoft Lumia 950 on the review bench, showing you just one - perhaps the most compelling - feature of the bunch: Continuum. When Microsoft first created Windows Phone, it wasn't any secret that they wanted the software to look and feel like a mobile version of what was on the way for their desktop operating system. Almost as if desktop begat mobile. Now, several years down the line, Microsoft attempts to tie the two together implicitly with a feature called Continuum.

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Volvo teams with Microsoft HoloLens for virtual car buying

Volvo teams with Microsoft HoloLens for virtual car buying

In the near future, car buyers may find themselves putting on Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset in order to check out a Volvo in a kind of virtual showroom. The car manufacturer has announced a partnership with Microsoft to incorporate the HoloLens into the car buying experience. The concept they debuted today images a customer and car dealer putting on the headset and interacting with a holographic car.

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Skype for Android now lets you save video messages

Skype for Android now lets you save video messages

The Skype app for Android has just been updated with a handy option for users who would like to save and keep video messages of importance. The new version, available now, lets users save received video messages by tapping the thumbnail in the conversation view, and simply choosing the "Save to Gallery" option. Think of it as a way to hang on to video voicemails from loved ones or those with important details needed later.

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Microsoft bringing Visual Studio Android emulator to Mac

Microsoft bringing Visual Studio Android emulator to Mac

It just might be the ultimate convergence of the three major computing platforms of today: emulating the Android OS on a Mac via Microsoft software. Ok, it may not be a convergence, but it is about to become a reality. During the Microsoft Connect 2015 conference in New York today, the company announced that it was making its Visual Studio Code program open source for developers. An additional part of that news is that Mac users will soon be getting Visual Studio Emulator for Android.

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Bing for iOS gets search smarts that may rival Google

Bing for iOS gets search smarts that may rival Google

The Bing app for iOS has been updated today, and with it Microsoft is introducing a number of smart, useful search features that just might be enough to make users think twice before always turning to the Google app. When making searches, the app aims to present more than just the standard text descriptions or links to Wikipedia, instead, in the right circumstances, it can bring up information from other apps and services, and even act as a gateway to said apps.

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3D print your own custom Halo 5 Spartan

3D print your own custom Halo 5 Spartan

When I play a game for any length of time, I tend to get attached to the character. This only really applies to characters that I've created, named, and customized. If I'm playing a Mario game, I don't care nearly as much as an RPG or an MMO where I've battled foes for the weapons and armor that they wear. Eventually, I'll move onto other games and forget about those characters. But what if you could save them, and display them for all to see? Well, Halo 5 players will be treated to that ability.

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What you need to know about Satya Nadella’s security speech

What you need to know about Satya Nadella’s security speech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shares plans this week for a Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC) to keep user data safe. Nadella suggested that this facility will have staff on-duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will have direct access to "thousands of security professionals, data analysts, engineers, developers, program managers, and operations specialists throughout Microsoft to ensure rapid response and resolution to security threats." If and when threats are found and law enforcement is needed, this new CDOC will work hand-in-hand with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit.

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