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Lenovo ThinkPad Retro isn’t real – but it could be

Lenovo ThinkPad Retro isn’t real – but it could be

Lenovo's Vice President of Corporate Identity and Design David Hill teases a retro-inspired ThinkPad notebook. And the crowd goes wild. The design language originated back in 1992 by designer Richard Sapper here is mixed with a machine with new interior, high-end hardware, and what we can assume will be the newest in new Windows 10 software. While Hill hasn't confirmed the existence of this ThinkPad Retro notebook, he's certainly made a good case for it to exist. If ThinkPad fans have anything to say about it, the ThinkPad Retro will soon be on its way.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10’s new wallpaper, a logo made of light

Microsoft reveals Windows 10’s new wallpaper, a logo made of light

With the consumer release of Windows 10 quickly approaching, Microsoft has decided it's time to unveil the new default desktop image that will be shipping with the new operating system, and thus what many users afraid of customization will be looking at for some time. This time, they're going with a classic Windows logo, which hasn't been done since Windows 7's default wallpaper. That's about it, a Windows logo in a pretty blue color. Just kidding. Actually there's a story behind it that Microsoft felt like sharing in a video.

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Microsoft Office finally comes to Android phones

Microsoft Office finally comes to Android phones

Microsoft Office for Android phones is here. At last, Android users can maximize productivity as well as iOS and Windows Phone users. Until now, if Android users had Office 365 they could use Office Mobile, which was pretty basic. With the new apps, Office 365 users still get an advantage. (Otherwise what would be point of the subscription fee?) While the apps are free to all users, the people without 365 accounts will be limited to opening, editing, and saving files. 365 members will have functionality that almost mirrors the full PC versions. For example, subscribers get a button in the Word for Android app that brings up a pop-up tool tray where you can make changes to layout, format, paragraphs, headers, footers and more without ever having to leave the document.

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Windows 10 might be sold in USB flash drives as well

Windows 10 might be sold in USB flash drives as well

Quick question: out of 10 laptops, how many come with built-in optical disc drives? Chances are, less than half. And even for desktops, CD and DVD drives have become increasingly optional, relegating the job of playing media discs to dedicated players or even consoles. Seemingly riding on that trend, Microsoft is now rumored to offer a USB flash drive option for its upcoming Windows 10 OS. Although a small move, it is one of the signs that the software giant is willing to change some of its more established practices to remain relevant in the market.

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Microsoft announces Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

Microsoft announces Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

With Forza Motorsport 6, the latest entry in the in-depth racing game series for Xbox, approaching its September release date, Microsoft has just unveiling a limited edition Xbox One console to celebrate not only Forza 6, but the series' 10th anniversary. Fans of the Forza series, or racing games in general, are going to find a lot of loving attention and detail went into designing this special edition console. Not only does it feature a sports car-inspired design, but it even comes with special sound effects.

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What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

This weekend brought a bit of confusion about Windows 10 and who is getting the free upgrade. If you counted yourself among those confused, you're not alone. This Monday the folks at Microsoft have come back with a clarification, clearing up the muddled information and (hopefully) making it all more understandable for those looking to take the Windows 10 plunge. Chief among them is that, says Gabe Aul, you'll have to decide whether you want to keep being a Windows Insider.

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Bing gives its video search a makeover

Bing gives its video search a makeover

Microsoft's underdog search engine, Bing, wants to be your destination for video searching on the Internet, especially music videos. This isn't the 90s when music videos were relegated to television. Music videos are consumed online at a pace that rivals actual songs. Thanks to some new improvements, Bing can help you find the video you're looking for faster, with less junk in the way. Now, Bing's video search results feature larger thumbnails, making the results easier to scan at a glance.

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Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Xbox One’s new Cortana feature will require a Kinect

Microsoft seems to be developing a habit of announcing big features related to Windows 10 but neglecting to mention the critical fine print that would impact if you're even eligible to get the feature. That has happened, and is still happening, with details about upgrades to Windows 10 and now it's also happening here with Windows 10 for the Xbox One. In particular, one of the nicer features to descend on the console. In order to use that smart assistant, you'll need to have an Xbox One Kinect.

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Microsoft flip-flops on Windows 10 for Insiders promise

Microsoft flip-flops on Windows 10 for Insiders promise

Microsoft promising a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8.1 users is definitely a great thing, but it seems that Redmond still can't its strategy pinned down. It once sent confusing messages regarding Windows 10 updates for those running on non-genuine (read: pirated) copies of the operating system. Now it's muddling the waters again for their own testers, at first saying the Windows Insiders who have been testing Windows 10 will get the update for free, backtracking on that position, and then ambiguously confirming it again.

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Sony hints PS4’s backwards compatibility is unlikely in future

Sony hints PS4’s backwards compatibility is unlikely in future

The Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 as well, both launched in 2013 without backwards compatibility with previous generation games, severing the ties, if you will, with a feature that both the Xbox 360 and PS3 offered. That's why it came as such a surprise to gamers when Microsoft announced at E3 this week that the Xbox One was gaining backwards compatibility with select 360 titles. The news was so unexpected, that even Sony’s Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida admitted to Eurogamer that he was shocked as well.

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Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri makes an offhand comment about their plans to sell phones in the future and the crowd goes wild. What today's news on Nokia's return to the smartphone market consists of is Suri answering a question about mobile devices, suggesting that the company is "looking for suitable partners" in the mobile phone business. This should not be a surprise to anyone following along closely with the brand, but there it is. After selling their phone hardware business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia's set to return to phones as soon as 2016.

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Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.

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